Taking further action on old-growth forest (flickr.com)

Media Contacts

Jimmy Smith

Deputy Director of Communications

Ministry of Forests

Media Relations
250 896-7359

Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship

Media Relations
250 896-7365


Facts about forest protection

Conservation Financing Mechanism:

  • This new Conservation Financing Mechanism, launched in partnership between the Province and the BC Parks Foundation, will allow funding from the Province and independent donors, to finance ecosystem protections, including conserving B.C.’s oldest and rarest trees.
  • The funds will be managed independently from government by a strategic oversight committee made up of conservation and stewardship experts, at least half of whom will be First Nations.
  • The committee will seek input and develop a strategic plan to implement the fund, including robust engagement with First Nations that is consistent with the Province’s commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Funding will support activities related to the conservation and protection of lands, including capacity for planning for new protections to ongoing stewardship and guardianship.

BC Parks Foundation:

  • Over the past five years, the BC Parks Foundation has brought together British Columbians from all backgrounds to help protect and restore B.C.’s lands, forests and waters and connect more people to areas of natural beauty.
  • Its successes have come from a crowd-sourcing model with tens of thousands of people from all walks of life participating in new land protections, contributing nature observations, and giving all British Columbians more opportunities to enjoy nature responsibly and safely.

Project Finance for Permanence model:

  • B.C. has been a leader in conservation financing and the creation of the Project Finance for Permanence model, which is aimed at implementing ecological, financial and organizational measures to support the long-term conservation of specified areas.
  • The Project Finance for Permanence model has been used for several significant conservation initiatives around the world, including the Great Bear Rainforest in B.C.
  • In that case, the B.C. government’s contribution of $30 million and the federal government’s contribution of $30 million were matched by $60 million in philanthropic donations, for a total of $120 million.
  • That initial investment has subsequently attracted an additional $370 million in third-party support for conservation and stewardship efforts in the region.