CAFO Members are Committed to Sustainable Forest Management 


sustainable forest managementThere are about 25 million hectares of private forest land in Canada – 20 million are owned by about 450,000 small woodlot owners and 5 million are private industrial forest land.

CAFO members are mostly larger owners who own and manage about 3 million of the 5 million hectares of private industrial forest, in addition to managing over 15 million hectares of Crown forest land.

Private forest land represents 6% of Canada’s 400 million hectares of forest, 12% of managed forests and produces 18% of the wood supply for Canada’s forest industry.

Private forest land is actively managed and represents some of the most productive forest land in Canada. Located mainly in southern areas of Canada, private forest land contributes almost $7 billion to the national GDP and supports 80,000 jobs in rural Canada.

Leaders in forest research and innovation, many of today’s most innovative harvesting and silviculture practices—fertilization, pruning, commercial thinning, and helicopter logging to protect sensitive soils—were pioneered on private forest land.

Because of their location, private forest lands are the forests most Canadians see and enjoy. These forests provide valuable forest products and equally valuable environmental benefits like fresh air, clean water, amazing scenery, wildlife and fisheries habitat, recreation opportunities, carbon sequestration and storage and a growing source of renewable energy.

CAFO members are passionate about the responsible stewardship of their forest lands and work hard to balance economic realities, community interests and environmental values.

CAFO members’ lands are managed based on environmental, social and economic values with the best scientific information available in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of their resources which include high quality timber, water, soils, wildlife, old forest habitat and ecological diversity, among other things.

CAFO members advocate for multiple-use and cooperation with their neighboring communities and take an approach to forest management that demonstrates how forest management and recreation can coexist.

This approach to forest management is not only part of delivering on CAFO members’ social and environmental license to operate, it meets the increasing market demand for products from timberlands that have been independently certified as having high standards of environmental management.

The vast majority of CAFO members managed lands and forestry practices are certified to third party forestry and environmental certification standards which include Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and ISO 14001.