B.C.’s forest ecosystem covers more than 54 million hectares and provides us with significant potential to mitigate the impacts of climate change. It also creates forestry jobs throughout the province, driving the economy of many B.C. communities and First Nations.
Through our Climate Leadership Plan, B.C. has launched a strategy to restore forest areas impacted by the pine beetle and wildfires. The Forest Carbon Initiative will:
- Enhance the carbon storage potential of B.C.’s public forests by using intensive forest management practices to capture the carbon benefits of reforestation, while avoiding emissions from burning slash.
- Increase the rate of replanting and fiber recovery by 20,000 hectares per year.
The Forest Carbon Initiative will rehabilitate up to 300,000 hectares of impacted sites over the first five years of the program. By 2050, the ten-year program is expected to lead to a reduction of annual greenhouse gas emissions of up to 11.7 million tonnes.
B.C. has also worked to protect important natural assets such as the Great Bear Rainforest from commercial logging, and has reduced emissions and strengthened forests through our Forest Carbon Offset Protocol.
Learn more about how B.C. is strengthening our forests by reading the Climate Leadership Plan.