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Since the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the world is fully aware of just how ‘super’ and just how ‘natural’ British Columbia is.  Exciting cities and resorts like Vancouver, Victoria, and Whistler may get most of the recognition, but we really know what makes B.C. beautiful — our forests.  Two-thirds of British Columbia’s land base is forested.  This includes 25 million hectares of old-growth forest—trees that are at least 250 years old. On the Pacific coast, trees can live for as long as 1,000 years and in the Interior, 120 to 140 years. About 96 per cent of the forested land is coniferous, giving British Columbia approximately half of the national softwood inventory. Canada’s wettest forests are located on the B.C. coast, while the nation’s driest forests are found in B.C.’s Southern Interior.

Wood is the dominant industry in British Columbia manufacturing. Primary industries such as logging are major employers on Vancouver Island and in the northern and interior regions of the province. Workers in this industry are not all engaged in falling trees or driving logging trucks. Occupations in natural and applied sciences account for a big share (22 per cent) of total employment in the forestry and logging industry. Trades, transportation, and equipment operators (eight per cent) are mainly employed driving logging trucks and operating heavy equipment. One in 12 is employed in a business, finance and administration (five per cent), or management (three per cent) occupation.

Forest products are the province’s most important export commodity, historically accounting for more than half of the total value of B.C.’s international goods exports.  Non-timber uses of British Columbia’s forest lands, such as for range and grazing, recreation, watershed protection, wildlife habitat or simple visual enjoyment, are part of a continuing emphasis by the provincial government on integrated resources management.  Recreational use of forest and wilderness area is an important component of B.C.’s tourism industry.  Tourism contributed $13.1 billion to the provincial economy in 2008, up 35 per cent since 2002.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince 95 per cent of B.C.’s land base is publicly owned, the management of the forest resource rests largely with the provincial government. 14.27 per cent, or more than 13.5 million hectares, of British Columbia is protected – more than any other province in Canada. Many mammalian species that have become rare in much of the United States still flourish in British Columbia. Under British Columbia’s Forest and Range Practices Act, forest companies must develop forest stewardship plans that outline how they will meet objectives set by government for soils, timber, wildlife, water, fish, biodiversity, and cultural heritage resources, and they are held accountable for their on-the-ground performance. If these don’t show a commitment to environmental protection, what does? Forest land generates revenue, while government recreation and silviculture programs create employment opportunities.

British Columbia is also Canada’s second-largest natural gas producer. The oil and gas industry continues to see tremendous growth particularly in Northeastern B.C., increasing the demand for lands for disposal operations. It also results in the increased need for infallible environmental protection in the energy and resources sector. The Summit Earth™ Compliance Management System is a long overdue, technological innovation that ensures protection of our natural resources throughout the disposal of drilling wastes within our precious forests. The Summit Earth™ S3-Sump Navigator regulates sump disposal operations based on compliance parameters entered into the system protecting our soil and water quality. The S3-Sump Navigator is further partnered with custom web-based GIS software and a data-entry platform that has been engineered with powerful compliance management, mapping and reporting capabilities. The combined result is the first and only innovation in the drilling waste management industry that is truly engineered to ensure compliance parameters are met. The direct result is the protection of our natural resources and the proper management of drilling operations through technology and innovation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABritish Columbia is Canada’s gateway to the Asia-Pacific. Between the Northern Gateway Pipeline and China’s vow to build 36-million affordable housing units during the 2011-2015 period it is crucial that the energy and resources sector ensure soil and water quality is maintained from their non-renewable operations so forest management and silviculture can sustain an equally important renewable resource. The Summit Earth™ Compliance Management System is the innovative industry-leading system developed by Summit Liability Solutions Inc. (Summit) to ensure British Columbia’s splendor sine occasu (splendour without diminishment).

A proud member of British Columbia industry for nearly seven years, Summit is Western Canada’s leading environmental service provider with offices in Fort St. John, Calgary, Lloydminster, Swift Current, and Weyburn. Summit is focused on environmental stewardship through innovation, technical proficiency, continuous training, and service excellence. The Summit Earth™ Compliance Management System is the pinnacle of achievement for a company who believes there is a better way to service our customers. Summit is excited to lead by example with the province in developing and providing the tools and technology to ensure a sustainable future. Please visit our website at www.summitls.ca for a full demonstration of the Summit Earth™ Compliance Management System.

Please note, this article contains information from the following sources:

BritishColumbia.com. Information on BV: Forestry in British Columbia. Vancouver: Shangaan Webservices Inc., 2012. http:// www.britishcolumbia.com/information/details.asp?id=36

Government of British Columbia. A guide to the BC economy and Labour Market: Forestry & Logging. Victoria: Province of British Columbia, 2011. http://guidetobceconomy.org/major_industries/foresty.htm

Government of British Columbia. B.C. Facts. Victoria: Province of British Columbia, 2011. http://www.gov.bc.ca/bcfacts/

Canadian tourism Development Corporation. Welcome to Canada: British Columbia. Kelowna: Spincaster Productions Inc., 2009. http://www.officialtourism.ca/bC.aspx

China.org.cn. China urges expanded financing for affordable hous­ing. Beijing: 09016475 Beijing public security No.110 108 006 329, 2012. http://www.china.org.cn/china/2012-02/20/content_24685115.htm

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