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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 and Adaptation - 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 - Supports environmental conservation and protection, sustainable economic prosperity, quality of life and outdoor recreation opportunities.

  • 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.
  • Climate Change - Greenhouse gas emissions management and reduction, climate change legislation, and climate change action planning.
  • Fish and Wildlife Information, regulations and legislation on fish and wildlife species and management in Alberta.
  • Outdoor Recreation Fishing, boating, hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing, and recreation on public and agricultural land.

British Columbia

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

  • Ministry 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 manages about 20 per cent of the province’s allowable annual cut for Crown timber, generating economic prosperity for British Columbians through the safe, sustainable development and auction of Crown timber. BCTS operates in 33 communities and directly supports over 8,000 jobs across B.C.
  • Forest Practices Board We serve the public interest as the independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices in British Columbia. We report to the public and government about compliance with the Forest & Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act and the achievement of their 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.

Environmental Protection & Sustainability - 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.
  • Plants, Animals & Ecosystems - 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.
  • Climate Change - Climate change is being felt across B.C. Timely action is critical to protect our communities, health and environment, while laying the foundation for a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Manitoba

Conservation and Climate - 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 Manitoba Forests make up about 26.3 million hectares of the province's 54.8 million hectare land base. The Northern Coniferous or boreal forest is our largest forest zone. The forested portion of the province is divided into ten Forest Sections then further defined by distinct forest values within Forest Management Units.
    • Crown Timber and Reporting - Crown timber harvested in Manitoba is measured in cubic metres. For each cubic metre of timber harvested, specific dues and charges must be paid.
    • Forest Health, Urban Forest, and Forest Renewal - The Forestry and Peatlands Branch monitors for various forest insects and diseases, including spruce budworm, and Dutch elm disease along with invasive pests, such as emerald ash borer and gypsy moth. Monitoring is done through visual inspections and trapping of adult insects, aerial surveys and remote sensing. In some cases, control programs are implemented to curb the spread and damage caused by some forest insects and diseases in the province.
    • Forest Management and Planning - Crown timber harvested in Manitoba is measured in cubic metres. For each cubic metre of timber harvested, specific dues and charges must be paid.

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

Fisheries and Land Resources

    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

Environment, Water and Climate Change

Islands Forests - information about firess, PEI forest products, private forest land, public land in PEI, trees and planting

Climate Change and Island Forests One of the major challenges for forest managers and forest owners is the length of time it take many tree species to grow to maturity. Species such as balsam fir and trembling aspen have a life span that approximates that of most people - 50 to 75 years. Yellow birch and red spruce can reach ages of 150 years or more, and truly long-lived species such as eastern hemlock and sugar maple can live for 400 years or more. This means that effects of changes in the forest environment may only be understood years, decades, or even centuries into the future.

Fire Weather Index (FWI) The Fire Weather Index (FWI) is updated daily from March 15 - November 30 each year. During fire season, Burning Permit holders are required to check and adhere to the FWI for their region.

General Information on Outdoor Burning and Wildfire Tips for Safe Outdoor Burning Check the Fire Weather Index and local wind speeds. Keep fires small and if possible, burn in a contained fire pit or an approved outdoor burning structure

Quebec

Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks

Forests - 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. They are of concern to all Québecers, and the government manages them in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

Wildlife - 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 - Through the beauty of its landscapes and the richness of the natural and cultural heritage they contain, the national parks constitute an exceptional showcase for Québec and its regions. A place for wonder, self-restoration and discovery, these lands invite citizens to get close to nature

Saskatchewan

Ministry of Environment - works to manage, enhance and protect Saskatchewan's natural and environmental resources; for 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 - 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.

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.