Long-term forest stewardship requires adopting the principle of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) to guide development of legislative and regulatory tools, decisions regarding the management of BC forest lands and the basis for monitoring and assessment. This infrastructure is expected to include a vision, goals, forest management framework, forest practices, public and community involvement processes and supporting laws and policies.

A description of the forest Government vision and associated recommendations are presented in Long-term stewardship-summary report This vision has been updated in a BC forest renewal vision framework to reflect long-term forest stewardship and moving toward community resiliency. 

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM): Is the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biological diversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfill, now and in the future, relevant ecological economic and social functions, at local, national and global levels, and that does not cause damage on other ecosystems. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Canadian Institute of Forestry’s The Forestry Chronicle Vol 70 (6): 666-674)