Coastal trees and forests are categorized as old growth once they reach 250 years of age. While in the Interior, forests are labelled old growth when the trees are 140 years of age or more. In BC, there are 13.7 million hectares of old growth trees.
HOW MUCH OLD GROWTH FOREST IS BEING LOGGED?
Of the 11.4 million hectares of old growth in BC, approximately 8.5 million hectares are protected in parks and other forms such as old-growth reserves, areas for other resource values such as wildlife, birds, cultural values, and hydrological considerations, or areas not within the timber harvesting land base. Have more questions? Keep scrolling!
WHY ARE OLD GROWTH TREES BEING LOGGED?
This is the big question, and it has a big (and complex) answer! Old growth forests are being logged for many reasons, and you can read about it here.
HOW ARE WE CONTRIBUTING TO THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FORESTS IN BRITISH COUMBIA?
Once any harvesting has been done, including old growth trees, three new trees are planted for every one tree harvested. They then become the trees that will be harvested within the 23% of BC that is considered our long-term forest land in the future.
The truth is
British Columbia leads the world in sustainable forest management backed by independent third-party certification and rigorous laws to ensure we’ll never run out of old growth forests.
The truth is each year less than one third of one percent of British Columbia’s total area is harvested.
The truth is each year only .1% pf the total forest area harvested in British Columbia is old growth forest.
The truth is the equivalent of 12 million football fields of old growth forests are protected in British Columbia and will never be harvested.