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C&H Forest Products bags award for exemplary forestry practices

The family-run operation was recognized as a textbook example of how a woodlot should be managed.

December 1, 2022  By CFI Staff

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The Carter family of C&H Forest Products is being recognized by the Province of B.C. with a Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the Coast Area.

C&H is also the recipient of the province-wide award.

“Woodlot licensees make an important contribution to advancing forest management practices around our province,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests. “Congratulations to C&H Forest Products for its achievement as we celebrate the importance of innovation in promoting the full value of our forests.”

Woodlot licensees are small-scale forest managers who strive to take a hands-on approach to natural resource management. Forest practices are continuously progressing to ensure a high standard of stewardship, resulting in sustainably managed woodlots. Each year, the minister of forests recognizes three woodlot licensees that exemplify excellence in woodlot management.


Cal Carter and family, the operators of C&H Forest Products Woodlot Licence, have been awarded $5,000 for their family-run operation that is recognized by their peers as a textbook example of how a woodlot should be managed. Acquired by Herb Carter in 1987, the daily operations are now managed by Herb’s son, Cal, and Cal’s son, Lee. Their commitment to managing their woodlot for future generations is commendable.

“Since they started in 1987, the Carter family has proven to be good stewards of Crown lands. They have shared their knowledge with the public and other forest professionals by conducting tours, going above the call of duty,” said Mark Clark, president, Federation of BC Woodlot Associations. “I’m proud to be able to point to them as this year’s coastal and provincial example of innovation and excellence in British Columbia’s woodlot sector.”

The Carters have exceptional reforestation practices and plant within one year of harvest. They have worked hard to protect the Echo Lake habitat, which is a sensitive area for nesting eagles. In 2017, they set aside 2.3 hectares for the Ancient Forest Alliance to preserve old growth.


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