The forestry industry is a cornerstone of the British Columbia economy, accounting for over 140,000 jobs and $12.9 billion in gross domestic product across the province.
Forestry companies are subject to a complex legal and regulatory landscape including environmental laws, forest management regulations and First Nation claims. Softwood lumber producers are also subject to international trade litigation and negotiations.
We advise on a broad range of forestry issues, including commercial matters, litigation and international trade. Our lawyers represent forestry companies and First Nations groups in the negotiation of participation and benefit agreements and other forms of consultation.
Our international trade lawyers act as counsel for the BC Lumber Trade Council and the BC Council of Forest Industries in matters pertaining to the Softwood Lumber Agreement, World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and most recently, the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement.