Reforestation means that the forest is renewed after it is harvested. This renewal can either be by natural regeneration, by planting new trees, or by a combination of both.
Canadian forests companies are responsible for:
- Prompt reforestation
- Specific reforestation
- Ensured reforestation
Provincial laws require that all harvested areas be regenerated promptly after harvesting.
Public land is quickly reforested with native species suited to meet local ecological conditions.
Canadian Forest companies are legally obligated to track and ensure regeneration success. If a newly planted forest fails, the company must replant the area until it is properly reforested. Forest companies remain responsible for a harvested area until the new growth reaches what is called a free-growing state, which means there is assurance the young trees will grow into a new, healthy forest. This usually takes 6 to 12 years.
Every year, more than 200 million seedlings are planted in B.C. to reforest areas after logging, wildfire or insect infestations.
On average, each year 650 million trees are planted across Canada in areas where forests have been harvested.
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