Responsible Forestry

Our Environmental Commitment

Although there is an ample supply of timber in the central interior of British Columbia, it takes a certain type of log to make high quality pine paneling. Small trees, harvested from dense stands of mature timber, produce an ideal combination of small clean knots and an elegant tight grain pattern which greatly enhance the natural beauty of our pine paneling. This timber is abundant in the middle of the working forest, west of the Fraser River in the Central Interior of British Columbia, and can be traced back to the large forest fires that cleared out and naturally renewed the vegetation in the area only 80-130 years ago. When we started looking for this type of log from traditional sources in our area, it became increasingly evident that access to such raw material was very limited. In fact, most operations avoid this type of timber and consider these logs to be a liability due to the small volume of usable wood per tree.

To access and efficiently harvest these tree stands, with wood small enough to fit more than 1000 pieces per logging truck load, we have modified conventional logging equipment and built special breakdown facilities at our mill site. Along with this specialized equipment came the exciting opportunity to access and utilize this ideal timber type in the form of long term harvesting licenses.

Our skilled team of forestry professionals here at C&C plans, implements and monitors our harvest planning and regeneration practices to ensure that we operate in a manner above and beyond the rigorous environmental standards of our region. We proudly regenerate our harvested areas from completely natural sources in a manner which closely mimics the natural regeneration conditions of this region. The life cycle of the timber we harvest has evolved and thrived in an area that was continuously renewed by fire every 80-150 years. As a result, these trees are geared towards growing conditions which include extremely high numbers of vigorous offspring all competing for sunlight. However, due to advances in forest fire fighting techniques fire no longer renews this ecosystem as it once did.

With careful planning, our harvesting methods create conditions that are very similar to the natural reproduction cycles of these trees and allow the seeds from the parent trees to continue the natural process. For areas that need a little help, seeds are collected from the region of the harvested trees, germinated and grown in a nursery for planting by our team the following year.

Our forestry team also ensures that we operate in the most environmentally sensitive manner possible. Operating in British Columbia means following the most comprehensive and rigorous laws and regulations regarding the environment found anywhere in the world. Fishery, wildlife, soil, water and air quality must not be compromised under any circumstances. We also refer all harvesting plans to first nations for comment and complete archaeology impact assessments prior to harvest wherever there is reasonable potential that a cultural site may be found.

Ensuring the regeneration of trees is only one piece of the puzzle however, as we operate within the world-renowned Cariboo Chilcotin Land Use Plan area. Enhancing value for all parties involved with the natural forest, whether environmental, recreational, or economical is the ultimate objective for the region, and this means balancing the needs of many groups with complex and diverse interests. We are deeply committed to meeting this objective as our employees, the majority of our suppliers, and our owners are all members of the local community and are affected by the actions of locally operating organizations.