The Private Managed Forest Land Program was established in 2003 under the Private Managed Forest Land Act. The program is also known as the Managed Forest Program.

The goals of the program are to:

  • encourage private landowners to manage their lands for long-term forest production; and
  • encourage sustainable forest management practices, including protecting key public environmental values.

The program is administered by the Private Managed Forest Land Council (also known as the Managed Forest Council), which was established in 2004 for this purpose.

Under the program, landowners commit to manage their property for long-term forest production, including meeting legislated objectives for key public environmental values.

How does private forest land become part of the Private Managed Forest Land Program?

The Managed Forest Council administers the forestry requirements and application process for Managed Forest Land Classification.

Before private land may be classified as managed forest land under the Private Managed Forest Land Act, or managed forest land under the Assessment Act, the owner must receive approval from the Managed Forest Council, of a formal management commitment that complies with the Private Managed Forest Land Act and regulations of the Council.

What is the role of the Managed Forest Council?

The Private Managed Forest Land Council (also known as the Managed Forest Council) http://mfcouncil.ca/ was established as an independent provincial agency responsible for administering the Managed Forest Program. A primary role of the council is to administer the forest practices component of the Managed Forest Program. This role includes the protection of key public environmental values on private managed forest land. The council performs these four broad functions:

  • Sets forest practice standards
  • Enforces compliance with standards through inspections, audits and investigations
  • Reviews landowner applications to enter BC Assessment Authority Managed Forest Land Class
  • Carries out strategic planning, reporting, and program administration.

The Private Managed Forest Land Council is funded through annual administration fees payed by the private forest landowners who are part of the program.

How does the Managed Forest Council demonstrate transparency and accountability to the public?

The Private Managed Forest Land Council (also known as the Managed Forest Council) demonstrates transparency and accountability to the public by:

  • Submitting an annual report, which is available to the public
  • Being subject to audit by the minister
  • Posting bylaws, policies and procedures on its website
  • Keeping its compliance determination process is open to the public
  • Responding to public inquiries and complaints.

Landowners may appeal enforcement actions by the council to the Forest Appeals Commission, and information related to appeals to the commission is generally a public record.

In addition, the Managed Forest Council includes two members that are appointed by the provincial government to represent the public interest.

What happens if a private landowner exits from the Private Managed Forest Land Program?

Regulations require a landowner to pay an exit fee if land is withdrawn from the Private Managed Forest Land Program prior to a 15-year timeframe. This is meant to encourage long-term participation in the program. Owners of land that has been assessed as managed forest land for 16 years or more do not pay an exit fee.

The fee is based on the difference between the tax that was paid as managed forest land and the tax that would have been paid had the property not been classed managed forest land. A discount is applied based on the number of years classed as managed forest. Exemptions apply in certain circumstances, such as the expropriation or donation of land for public purposes.

What are the costs of participation in the Private Managed Forest Land Program?

In order to maintain classification as managed forest land, property owners must fulfill a number of obligations under the Private Managed Forest Land Act and regulations including:

  • Commitment to use their property for production and harvesting of timber and associated forest management activities
  • Protection of key environmental values
  • Payment of annual administration fee to the Managed Forest Council
  • Completion of annual declaration of forest management activities completed during the year, including harvesting, destroyed timber, road construction, road deactivation and reforestation
  • Notification to the Managed Forest Council within 24 hours of becoming aware that a landslide or debris flow has occurred and has deposited debris into a stream
  • Notification to Private Managed Forest Land Council within 30 days if the property is sold.

What is the Private Forest Landowners Association?

The Private Forest Landowners Association https://www.pfla.bc.ca/about-pfla/ represents managed forest owners throughout the province of British Columbia. They provide advocacy for their members to ensure government policy is fair, environmentally sound, fiscally responsible and sufficiently respectful of private property rights. They also are committed to outreach and education, offering regular workshops, training opportunities and communication updates to foster responsible and innovative forest management practices that encourage and promote the protection of key public environmental values on private forest lands.

What is the difference between the Managed Forest Council and the Private Forest Landowners Association?

The Private Managed Forest Land Council (also known as the Managed Forest Council) was established as an independent provincial agency under the Private Managed Forest Land Act to administer the Private Managed Forest Land Program.

The Private Forest Landowners Association represents managed forest owners throughout the province of British Columbia but does not administer the legislation or enforce compliance.

More information on managed forest land can be found on the following websites: