Professional Forestry Defined
The practice of professional forestry is broadly defined by Forest Professionals Regulation under the PGA as:
- providing any advice or services in relation to trees, forests, forest lands, forest resources, forest ecosystems or forest transportation systems; and
- any ancillary advice or services.
Two Types of Practice
Regulated practice defines a broad area of practice where FPBC regulates its registrants.
A subset of Regulated Practice is Reserved Practice: an area where the advice and services provided can only be done by a registered forest professional.
This applies when the advice or services of the regulated practice could impact the protection of the environment or affect the safety, health, and welfare of the public.
In these circumstances, the experience or technical knowledge of a professional forester (RPF) or registered forest technologist (RFT) is needed and legally required.
Principle-Based Test for Identifying Reserved Practice
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Professional Forestry Practice Areas
Professional forestry practice areas are subsets within the general practice of professional forestry and include work, activities, and tasks which can only be undertaken by registered forest professionals.
Within each these professional forestry practice areas, some or all of the specific decisions, advice, tasks, or services are reserved. This means that, by law, only a registered forest professional can be hired to do the work. This ensures forests stay healthy over time by allowing only those with the proper education, experience, and who follow a set of professional standards, undertake the work.
Please select up to three (3) practice areas to be displayed in your public profile on the public registry (chosen practice areas indicate competence to exercise professional skill or judgement, or provide professional service):
Auditing, Inspecting, Monitoring and Verifying Forest Operations, Plans and Practices
Compliance and Enforcement in Forest Management
Cultural & Prescribed Fire
Forest Conservation and Protected Forest Areas
Forest Ecosystem Assessment, Planning and Stewardship
Forest Education and Training
Forest Harvest — Planning
Forest Harvest — Operations Management and Oversight
Forest Health Damage and Invasive Species
Forest Inventory and Analysis
Forest Legislation and Forest Policy Development
Forest Resources Contract Management and Administration
Forest/Watershed Level Planning and Management
Forest Measurements (timber cruising, surveys)
Forest Recreation Planning and Management
Forest Research and Climate Change Adaptation
Forest Roads and Transportation
Forest Tenure, Licence, and Permit Development and Review
Forest Geographic Information Systems and Mapping
Growth and Yield Analysis and Application
Indigenous Forest Management
International and Interprovincial Forestry Management
Landscape Level — Forest Planning and Management (FLP, HLP)
Stand Level — Forest Planning and Management (Site Plans)
Small Scale Forest Management
Supervising, Directing and Advising Forest Plans, Practices and Professionals
Timber Pricing and Appraisals
Timber, Carbon, Ecosystem and Forest Land Valuation
Tree Improvement/Forest Genetics
Tree Seed and Seedling Planning and Production
Urban Forest Management
Visual Resource Management of Forests
Wildland Fire Resiliency & Risk Reduction
Wildfire Coordination & Response
(List last updated October 2023)
A professional forestry practice area is a generally recognized field, specialty, subject, or set of actions found within the practice of professional forestry and which includes reserved work, activities, and tasks which can only be undertaken by registered forest professionals. A practice area is typified by a common set of competencies and operational experiences that, when combined, ensure effective professional practice, in the public interest.
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