Environment and Forestry Commitments

Canfor’s Forest Management System ensures all woodland operations on company forest tenures are managed sustainably, and environmental practices continue to improve.

Canfor’s Environment Policy and Sustainable Forest Management Commitments are developed and maintained by senior executives, approved by the President and CEO and reviewed by the Board of Directors.

Canfor’s Corporate Environmental Management Committee, chaired by the Senior Vice-President, Energy, Environment, Transportation and Sourcing, provides high-level oversight and due diligence, and advises the Board of Directors about our manufacturing facility environmental and sustainable forest management performance. Among other things, the committee assesses company-wide trends, allocates resources and recommends improvements.

The Board of Directors has a Joint Environmental, Health and Safety Committee to review and make recommendations to the board about environmental, health and safety issues, and relevant policies. It reports to the full board on a quarterly basis on topics such as Canfor’s efforts to maintain priority status for the protection of the environment, and the health and safety of our employees and the public.

At least once a year, Canfor’s Forest Management Group holds a management review to evaluate whether environmental objectives and targets are being met, and to anticipate needs for change as part of the continuous improvement cycle.  

In addition to complying with legal and other requirements that apply to our operations, Canfor meets voluntary requirements related to environmental, safety and/or First Nations concerns. We regularly renew our environmental performance objectives, measure our progress toward achieving them, and make sure staff have the necessary training to meet them.

MV Williston Transporter Back in Business

In 2015, Canfor put MV Williston Transporter back into business to supplement log transportation by truck to meet the fibre demands of our Mackenzie mill. The ice-breaking, log-carrying vessel has been out of service since 2007. It can carry the equivalent of 91 truckloads of logs 65 kilometres across Williston Lake.

The MV Williston Transporter can carry the equivalent of 91 truckloads of logs.