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Provincial Governments

Directory of Forestry Departments in the Provincial Governments


Alberta

Agriculture and Forestry is responsible for the management of programs designed to facilitate the development of all components of the agriculture and food industry, to sustain the natural resource base of the industry and to encourage the development of rural communities.

  • Forest Harvest Operations - The amount of timber harvesting is controlled to ensure that it does not exceed the sustainable level represented by the approved Annual Allowable Cut (AAC). The AAC is the volume of timber perpetually available for harvest. It is the current best estimate of the annual timber growth occurring in the forest.
  • Forest Health - A healthy forest is able to sustain itself ecologically and evolutionary while providing for society's economic, social, recreational and spiritual needs and values.
  • Forest Management - Alberta supports a policy of sustainable forest management designed to provide ecological, economic, social and cultural opportunities for the benefit of present and future generations.
  • Alberta Wildfire - Information of wildfire status, permits and bans, firefighting technology, fire danger forecast, firefighting employment, and more.

Environment and Parks - As proud stewards of air, land, water and biodiversity, Environment and Parks (AEP) will lead the achievement of desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources for Albertans.

  • Alberta Parks - There are more than 500 sites covering 27,525 square kilometers in Alberta's parks and protected areas network. These preserve important ecological areas and provide places where people can enjoy and learn about Alberta's priceless natural heritage.
  • My Wild Alberta - My Wild Alberta website offers hunters, anglers and trappers a dynamic website that creates a hunting, fishing and trapping community culture for site users; highlights websites and key programs and initiatives of stakeholder organizations; promotes asnd provides information on hunting, fishing and trapping in Alberta.
  • Natural Resources Conservation Board is responsible for reviews of proposed major natural resource projects, and for the regulation of confined feeding operations in Alberta. As a decision maker, it strives to exemplify integrity and foresight in the best interests of Alberta.

British Columbia

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - the Home Page of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations with links to all of the BC Government forestry sites.

  • Ministry of Forests Headquarters & Branch Websites - Corporate Initiatives Division, Integrated Resource Operations Division, Resource Stewardship Division, Tenures, Competitiveness & Innovation Division, Timber Operations, Pricing & First Nations Division
  • Forest Regions and Districts Websites - Cariboo Region, Kootenay/Boundary Region, Northeast Region, Omineca Region, Thompson/Okanagan Region, Skeena Region, South Coast Region, West Coast Region with links to all of the Forest Districts
  • 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, BCTS manages some 20 percent of the provincial Crown allowable annual cut..
  • Forest Practices Board is BC’s independent watchdog for sound forest practices. The Board provides British Columbians with objective and independent assessments of the state of forest planning and practices, compliance with the Forest Practices Code and the achievement of its intent.
  • BC Wildfire Service - A program tasked with managing wildfires on both Crown and private lands outside of organized areas such as municipalities or regional districts.

Ministry of Environment - Environmental Protection Division, Environmental Sustainability and Strategic Policy Division, Parks and Protected Areas (BC Parks), Climate Action Secretariat, Conservation Officer Service, and Regional Offices.

  • BC Parks and Protected Areas - British Columbia is home to many nationally and internationally significant natural and cultural values. Through the establishment of parks, ecological reserves and protected areas, an important first step has been undertaken to ensure that these values are afforded legal protection.
  • Ecosystems Branch - British Columbia is home to a rich diversity and abundance of native species and habitats. Programs within the Ministry endeavour to conserve biodiversity, provide a variety of opportunities for the use and enjoyment of wildlife in B.C., and maintain a balance between the needs of wildlife and the needs of the people.
  • Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Branch - establishes legislation, policies and procedures for managing fishing and hunting activities, and for the allocation of fish and wildlife resources for recreational and commercial use.

Manitoba

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship - Our goal is to provide Manitobans and other interested parties with information about the wide range of conservation-related programs and activities we have to offer in this province. Each was designed to ensure a clean, healthy environment for all Manitobans, present and future.

  • Wildfire Program is responsible for the detection and suppression of wild fires. The program manages all human and equipment resources needed for fighting wild fires in the province. Staff monitor weather patterns, lightning strikes, soil moisture and forest conditions to determine the probability and location of wild fires.
  • Forestry is responsible for ensuring sustainable management of Manitoba's provincial Crown forests for present and future generations by setting forest harvest levels, monitoring forest management activities, ensuring forests are regenerated, providing protection from insects and diseases and, collecting revenues for use of Crown timber.
  • Protected Areas Initiative is a government program dedicated to building a network of protected areas that contains the tremendous biological diversity found in Manitoba's varied landscapes.
  • Parks and Protected Spaces - offer a wide range of services and facilities for your year-round enjoyment. No matter what recreational activities you pursue, you are sure to enjoy our spectacular natural environments, unique cultural sites, sandy beaches and clear waters.
  • Wildlife - The mandate of the Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection Branch is to protect wildlife resources in a manner consistent with the conservation of species and ecosystems for the benefit of Manitobans.

Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation focuses on agricultural regions to promote conservation practises that benefit wildlife habitat, sustain farm family income, and productive use of land. MHHC works through three major program areas: North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Woodlot Management, and Riparian Stewardship.

New Brunswick

Natural Resources

  • Forests and Crown Lands - Crown Land Fact Sheet, Biodiversity, Digital Forest Resource Inventory Data, Records - Land Grants, Grant Plans and Survey Plans, Deer Wintering Areas, Herbicides, Fire Management, Forest Pests , Protected Natural Areas
  • Protected Natural Areas - Nature abounds in New Brunswick. We want to ensure it always will. That is why we are permanently and legally protecting land and water that represent our natural heritage.

Tourism New Brunswick

  • Parks - Hike along rugged cliffs, kayak the peaceful inland waterways, camp out under the stars… our spectacular provincial and national parks provide an infinite number of ways to experience the wonders of New Brunswick’s Great Outdoors!

Newfoundland and Labrador

Environment and Conservation

  • Parks & Natural Areas Division - There are 13 Provincial Parks in Newfoundland and Labrador where one can camp overnight. These parks range in size and in the services provided. They are located throughout Newfoundland and in southern Labrador.
  • Water Resources Management - The objective of the Water Resources Management Division is to administer various statutes as they relate to the allocation of water, stream alterations, protection of water supply areas, licensing of well drillers and other aspects of water resource management.
  • Wildlife - is responsible for managing and conserving Newfoundland and Labrador's biodiversity and wildlife resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

Forestry and Agrifoods Agency

Forestry Services Branch - is responsible for the stewardship of the province's forest environments for the benefit of our citizens. The Forestry Services Branch administers 32 offices throughout the province responsible for forest productivity, diversity, silviculture, protection, harvesting, and enforcement

Nova Scotia

Department of Natural Resources

  • Forestry Division - Nova Scotia's forests are a mainstay of life. While the requirement to provide wood fibre to support our forest economy is still a primary concern, there is a need to sustain the quality and character of our forest resource and maintain a varied forest ecosystem.
  • Forestry Program Areas - The Department of Natural Resources has foresters, forest technicians and other professionals who are constantly working on fostering the province's forests and forest industries. If you are interested in any of our program areas listed on the left, simply click that link for more information.
  • Ecosystem Management - Forest ecosystem based management provides a holistic way of managing resources with emphasis on the natural environment. In addition to producing traditional resources, forests are part of the provincial identity and supply great social and environmental wealth.
  • Code of Forest Practice - a framework for the implementation of sustainable forest management in Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Provincial Parks - Nova Scotia's provincial park system provide access to some of the best opportunties to enjoy the rich natural and cultural heritage our province has to offer.
  • Wildlife and Biodiversity Division - living with wildlife, wildlife management, ecosystems and habitats, hunting in Nova Scotia

Primary Forest Products Marketing Board

Primary Forest Products Marketing Board - "Providing opportunities for all primary forest product producers in Nova Scotia to participate in equitable and profitable markets for their products. "

Ontario

Forestry - Ontario's Crown forests cover almost two-thirds of the province. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry manages the health of these forests so they can continue to provide ecological, economic and social benefits.

Wildlife and Nature - Ontario's varied climate and geography, vast wilderness areas, and countless lakes, rivers and wetlands, support habitat for more than 3,100 species of vascular plants, 158 species of fish, 80 species of amphibians and reptiles, 400 species of birds, and 85 species of mammals.

Provincial Parks and Protected Areas - Our goal: To ensure that Ontario's provincial parks protect significant natural, cultural, and recreational environments, while providing ample opportunities for visitors to participate in recreational activities.

Conservation Ontario is the network of 36 Conservation Authorities, local watershed management agencies that deliver services and programs that protect and manage water and other natural resources in partnership with government, landowners and other organizations.

Algonquin Forestry Authority is the Ontario Crown Agency responsible for sustainable forest management in Algonquin Provincial Park. Responsibilities also include the harvesting and distribution of wood products to mills in communities adjacent to the Park.

Prince Edward Island

Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry

Forests, Fish and Wildlife - information about forestry on public and private lands, planting programs, education and workshops, wildfire, maps and aerial photgraphy, legislation and policies and more.

Fish and Wildlife works to conserve and enhance terrestrial and aquatic habitats; protect unique and rare natural areas; educate hunters and trappers; oversee angling, hunting and trapping regulations; and collect data on common and endangered wildlife species.

Quebec

Ministère des ressources naturelles du Québec

Forests of Québec - The forests are omnipresent in Québec. Vast, majestic, interspersed with thousands of lakes and rivers, they play a leading role in the economic, social and environmental sectors. The government’s primary aim is therefore to manage them in the best interests of present and future generations.

Biodiversity - Québec is home to close to 40,000 species of wild plants and animals, millions of domesticated animals, and many varieties of agricultural and horticultural plants. A number of ecozones and biomes are found in Québec, including tundra, taiga, spruce forest, fir forest, deciduous forest, and the St. Lawrence River.

Parks Québec - Browse through our site and discover the wide variety of activities and services that make Sépaq your first stop for outdoor adventure. The sixteen government wildlife reserves, eight tourist resorts, twenty-two parks of the Parks Québec network, and Sépaq Anticosti are the perfect choice for outings, getaways, or an entire vacation.

Saskatchewan

Ministry of Environment - works to manage, enhance and protect Saskatchewan's natural and environmental resources - fish, wildlife, lands, forests, parks, air and water - for conservation, recreation, social and economic purposes and to ensure they are sustained for future generations.

Forests - More than 90 per cent of the forests in Saskatchewan are provincial Crown forests. These publicly owned forests provide Saskatchewan citizens with many social, environmental and economic benefits. To protect the long-term health of the forest, as well as the economic activity it supports, the ministry regulates commercial forest use using several types of licences and permits.

Provincial Parks

  • Provincial Parks - Our provincial parks system has grown to be one of the best parks systems in Canada. Vast natural areas, unique landscapes, scenic features, historic sites and access points to outdoor recreation are protected. Each park or site provides an opportunity to experience a different part of Saskatchewan's heritage.
  • Conserving - Our provincial parks system preserves significant ecosystems, landscapes and cultural resources. Provincial Parks contain cultural and natural environments that are treasured reminders of who we are and where we came from.

Yukon

Energy, Mines and Resources

  • Forests- information on forest management planning, timber harvest plans, licences and permits, research, policy & procedures, legislation, annual allowable cut / annual limit, inventory, forest health, silviculture

Environment

  • Camping & Wilderness - Welcome to the Yukon government campground system. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a long-time resident, we hope you'll enjoy our cozy campsites and spectacular mountain scenery.
  • Parks & Conservation - In the Yukon, land may be protected under any one of several pieces of legislation including the Yukon Parks and Land Certainty Act, the Wildlife Act, the Inuvialuit Final Agreement, and First Nation Land Claim Agreements. Federally, the Canada Wildlife Act also protects an area of land.
  • Wildlife & Biodiversity - Many Yukoners recognize the importance of maintaining biodiversity both here and around the world. They are working hard to ensure habitats remain healthy for the widest variety of species.