BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

The BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations represents the government in the forest industry as well as within the BC Jobs Plan. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has been focusing on diversifying the industry’s markets since 2003, and it has paid dividends. Since 2003, wood exports to China have increased from $69 million to $687 million per year.
In April 2012, Steve Thomson, the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, introduced the new Forest Sector Strategy for British Columbia. The strategy is focused on six different areas: a commitment to using wood first; growing trees, sequestering carbon, and ensuring that land is available from which to derive a range of forest products; creating a globally competitive, market-based operating climate; embracing innovation and diversification; supporting prosperous rural forest economies; and First Nations becoming partners in forestry.

he Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations website provides links to a wide range of industry related government websites. Additionally, there is information for potential investors, including authorizations, licensing, permitting, contract bids, and job applications on the website.

The Fort Nelson Forest District and the Peace Forest District cover BC’s North East Region.  These sites provide maps of the district, information about personal tree cutting, fire information and forestry road updates. For potential investors there is also district contact information, contract opportunities and a link to the Forest & Range Practices Act.


BC Timber Sales 

BC Timber Sales was founded in 2003 with a mandate to provide the cost and price benchmarks for timber harvested from public land in British Columbia. Through 12 Business Areas and an operational presence in 33 locations, BC Timber Sales manages roughly 20 percent of the provincial Crown allowable annual cut. In its first five years, they offered more than 73 million cubic metres of timber to the market, sold 63 million cubic metres and generated $430 million in net revenue for the Province.

The BC Timber Sales’ commitment to the safety of all people affected by its operations – employees, contractors, licensees and the public – is demonstrated by achievement of SAFE Company certification in August 2008. Starting in 2009, BC Timber Sales requires SAFE Company certification for all parties employing workers on Timber Sales Licenses or bidding on contracts with BC Timber Sales.

Sound forest management is a high priority for British Columbians and central to the BC Timber Sales mandate. BC Timber Sales is the largest tree planter in British Columbia, with 199 million tree seedlings planted in its first five years. The commitment to forest management excellence includes achieving and maintaining certification of an Environmental Management System in all Business Areas under the International Organization for Standardization and achieving Sustainable Forest Management certification over three-quarters of its operating areas.  

The BC Timber Sales website provides information about their business plan and performance, and access to documents, forms and other materials for clients and program registrants. 


Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association

Since 1984 the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association has represented the silvicultural contracting industry to both federal and provincial governments on forest policy, industry regulation, and health and safety. The organization’s members include treeplanting, stand tending, wildfire fighting, site preparation and ecosystem restoration contractors. The silvicultural industry comprises approximately 10,000 seasonal workers and generates $500 million annually in economic activity in Western Canada. In 2002 the industry planted its 5 billionth tree in British Columbia. More than 2000 contract wildfire fighters fought fires in B.C. and Alberta during 2003. 

The Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association is focused on four major themes: growing healthy, ecologically diverse forests, working for a future with a sustainable planet, building a balanced, enduring forest economy, and ensuring safe conditions for silviculture workers.

The Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association website provides information about safety regulations, conferences, news updates, and links to industry resources. 


Canadian Forest Products (Canfor)

Canfor has a total of five sites in the Northeast Region of BC, including two manufacturing facilities in Fort St. John, a sawmill in Chetwynd, a facility in Fort Nelson, and a pulp mill in Taylor.

Canfor is a Canadian integrated forest products Company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, involved primarily in the lumber business, with production facilities in British Columbia, Alberta, Québec and the United States. Canfor markets lumber products throughout North America and overseas. In addition to its own production, Canfor also markets lumber produced from independent mills and offshore countries. Canfor employs approximately 2,400 people in British Columbia.

Photo Credit: CanforThe majority of lumber produced by Canfor from its facilities is construction and specialty grade dimension lumber that ranges in size from one by three inches to two by twelve inches and in lengths from six to twenty-four feet. A portion of Canfor’s lumber production is comprised of specialty products that command premium prices, including Square Edge lumber for the North American market, J-grade lumber for the Japanese market and machine stress rated (“MSR”) lumber that is used in engineering applications such as roof trusses and floor joists.

Canfor plays an important role in the development of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, an agreement that protects over 76 million hectares of Canadian forest.

Detailed information about Canfor’s product line, their local and global responsibilities, andinvestor-focused information are all available on their website.

For those interested in pursuing a career with Canfor, job postings can be found online.



For those interested in pursuing a career with Canfor, its job postings are found here.

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.

West Fraser  currently operates a mill in Chetwynd, BC.

West Fraser Timber Co Ltd. is an integrated forest products company producing lumber, wood chips, fibreboard, plywood, pulp, and newsprint. Today, the company carries on its operations through subsidiary companies and joint ventures owned directly or indirectly by the company’s principal operating subsidiary West Fraser Mills.

West Fraser has 16 operations in British Columbia, 11 in Alberta, and 15 spread across Southern USA, and the majority of West Fraser’s lumber production is sold in the North American markets.

Fraser Lake Sawmills is capable of producing J-Grade, Export Hiline and North American Hiline lumber. All variations of available West Fraser lumber are produced in Canadian mills except for SYP lumber, which is produced in the American sites. West Fraser produces a variety of softwood lumber products which are sold into the North American and export markets. All lumber is graded in compliance with the NLGA (National Lumber Grades Authority) and the NGR (National Grading Rules) which are accredited by the ALS (American Lumber Standard) and CLS (Canadian Lumber Standard).  Each piece of lumber is grade stamped showing the grade of lumber, the dryness, the mills designated number, and the accredited agency.

West Fraser’s website provides detailed information about the company’s history, their product lineoperations, and up-to-date investor information.

Career opportunities at West Fraser are found on their careers page.



Tembec serves customers worldwide from lumber, pulp, specialty cellulose and paper manufacturing operations located mainly in Canada, one of which is a pulp mill in Chetwynd, BC.

Tembec is an integrated manufacturer of forest products – lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose – serving customers worldwide. Tembec has operations in North America and France with some 4,000 employees, is listed on the TSX and has annual sales of approximately $2 billion.

Tembec manages nearly 25 million acres of Canadian forestlands in keeping with responsible forest management practices, and has earned Forest Stewardship Council Certification for all its direct-managed forests. These forests ensure Tembec's long-term fiber supply, underlying the consistent quality and availability of everything it makes.

Tembec’s diverse product line includes softwood lumber (spruce, pine, and fir), hardwood lumber, wood chips and biomass, high-yield pulp, northern bleached softwood kraft pulp, cellulose ethers, cellulose acetates, nitrocellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, resin, lignosulfonates, ethanol, coated bleached board, and newsprint.

Tembec’s website provides detailed information about the company, its product line, operations, and up-to-date investor information.

To explore further career opportunities, please visit Tembec’s career opportunities.