Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

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Conservation Neighbourhood Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley
Focuses Ecosystem Restoration/EnhancementEnvironmental MonitoringLand ManagementPlanningPolicy/Regulation
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Our Mission:

Our Vision:

Economic prosperity and environmental sustainability.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) delivers integrated natural resource management services for British Columbians. It is the main agency responsible for establishing the conditions for access to and use of the province’s forest, land and natural resources. The Ministry incorporates forests and lands policy development with operational resource management while supporting strategic work in all areas of the natural resource sector. This policy alignment and streamlining of operations in delivering services enables effective stewardship and sustainable management of B.C.’s land base for a variety of uses.

Working with stakeholders, the Ministry develops policies, programs and legislation to promote industry competitiveness, and encourage investment in and development of natural resources. It also ensures that ministry activities support sustainable development and protect the public’s interest in these resources. The Ministry auctions Crown timber to support the timber pricing system through BC Timber Sales. This includes preparing forest stewardship plans and logging plans; developing timber sale licences; constructing and maintaining logging roads and bridges; undertaking silviculture and forest protection treatments; and ensuring the work is carried out in a safe manner. The Ministry holds the legislative authority for provincial permitting and licensing activities which are facilitated through its coordinated, “one-window” service at
FrontCounter BC offices throughout the province.