Sustainable forest management: Management that maintains and enhances the long-term health of forest ecosystems for the benefit of all living things while providing environmental, economic, social, and cultural opportunities for present and future generations.
Forests are a major part of Canada's landscape and central to its economy. They enrich the lives of all Canadians, offer a place of sanctuary and recreation, and are fundamental to the cultural and spiritual values of Aboriginal peoples. They also provide habitat for wildlife, moderate climate and filter air and water.
Although the definition of sustainability is constantly evolving, Canada has been successful in adapting its forest practices to make the most of its rich forest resources. Today, thanks to forward-thinking policies and continued investment in innovative environmental technologies, Canada stands as a global leader in sustainable forest management and a recognized partner in helping other countries around the world improve their forest knowledge and practices.