History of Wood Construction and Forest Management in B.C. (Part 1 of 5)

British Columbia (B.C.), Canada has a long history of using wood in construction.

From the timber products used in the heritage buildings located in Gastown, to six-storey multi-family residential homes throughout the Province.

Even in the 1800’s, B.C. was showcasing its expertise and building up to nine storey with wood. The historical buildings of Gastown showcase innovative connections and systems using timber products. The flexible floor plans and structural integrity of the buildings are a true testament to the craftsmanship of the time period.

The forestry industry in B.C. has long since been a strong contributor to the economy and the province continues be an international leader in sustainable forest management. B.C.’s forestlands are unique among worldwide producers in that 95% are publicly owned and subject to strict forest-management laws. This is backed by a comprehensive compliance and enforcement process that involves various provincial and federal agencies.

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