Improving safety and working conditions for the young people in the forestry industry is not just about safety and humanitarian action but a necessity for business sustainability and a protection of their most important investment, their workers. Making safety a business model means that it is no longer a matter of “safety first”, but “safe production first”.

Organizations like St. John Ambulance encourage insurance companies, government and other regulatory bodies to implement more “rewards” type programs to incentivize safety training and safer working environments, to businesses in all industries, including Forestry.

Making change possible

Providing a singular solution point for industry for training and safety supplies, continuously expanding and innovating training and safety programs to meet increasing and changing industry needs and putting tools in the hands of industry stakeholders are all necessary steps in allowing owners and managers to be more hands on when it comes to developing more comprehensive safety plans for their organizations.

"Forestry professionals do exciting and challenging jobs for a variety of employers including government, forestry companies, environmental groups, First Nations, independent power producers and even mining or oil and gas companies."

What jobs are available for you in the industry?

Professional forestry is about the sustainable management of BC’s forest resources. Registered Professional Foresters (RPFs) and Registered Forest Technologists (RFTs) use modern technology to plan strategic activities and operational practices across the province’s wooded areas.

These activities and practices include monitoring tree health to see the impact of insects or diseases; protecting watersheds and streamside ecosystems; ensuring that important wildlife habitats are maintained during logging operations; breeding trees that grow faster, bigger and are disease resistant; integrating Aboriginal traditional values into plans; building and maintaining resource roads that are safe; managing teams; and many more.

Extending the green influence

Forestry professionals do exciting and challenging jobs for a variety of employers including government, forestry companies, environmental groups, First Nations, independent power producers and even mining or oil and gas companies. Some forestry professionals run their own companies and provide forestry services to other organizations.

No matter who they work for, forestry professionals strive for high professional standards and to strike a balance between economic, social/ cultural and environmental values the people of BC have placed on the forests.