contact us

Thank you for contacting VOI Training. We appreciate your interest in our training courses.

Ask us how we can help you or your company with your training needs. 

1280 Ruffels Road
Parksville, BC, V9P 2B6

(250) 739-9617

Applied environmental and natural resource training. Our industry-leading and recognized practitioner certificate training courses include Erosion and Sediment Control Practitioner (ESCP™), Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects Practitioner (EMCPP™), and Environmental Field Procedures Practitioner (EFPP™).

Understanding Your Forest Tenure

Course Description

This is a one day course that explores the basic components of forestry and forest management in the context of the new forest tenures being offered by the government of British Columbia to First Nations and communities.  It introduces the key elements of tenure management including cut allocation, the roles of the various parties, types of field operations, the payments that must be made and documents that must be created. The course is taught in an entertaining and informative manner and contains information on how other new tenure holders are dealing with the opportunity and recent court cases affecting tenures.

Topics explored in this course include:

1.   The Legislation

  • Includes Forest Act, Forest and Range Practices Act, and other relevant legislation.

2.   Roles and Responsibilities

  • Includes Forest Professionals, Ministry Staff (District, Regional and Headquarters), etc.

3.   Timber Allocations

  • Includes Timber Supply Areas, cut allocation, how AAC is set, etc.

4.   Types of Tenure

  • Overview of the basic types including First Nations Woodland Agreements and Forest Licences.

5.   Required payments – what will it cost

  • Stumpage, rents, security deposit.

6.   Planning Requirements – what plans and permits are required

  • Forest Stewardship Plan, Site Plan, Cutting Permits, Road Permit, etc.

7.   Undertaking Harvesting Operations

  • Scaling, marking, costs, harvesting cycles and systems, contracting, etc.

8.   After Harvest Operations

  • Getting to “Free to Grow”, road deactivation, etc.

9.   Enforcement

  • Results-based planning, penalties, due diligence, etc.


The course combines lectures with open discussions and learning based exercises. The instructor will take the time to answer all questions.

 Benefits of taking this course:

  • Identifying and understanding the key parts of your new tenure.
  • Recognizing “red flags” or potential problems as they arise.
  • Understand the legal opportunities, liabilities and obligations that come with tenures.
  • Maximizing due diligence in the areas of forestry and timber harvesting.
  • Obtaining an overview of the operations that take place on forest tenure.
  • Avoiding common tenure management errors.
  • A thoroughly enjoyable day of professional development.


This course is for anyone involved in, or who is considering obtaining new forest tenures.  Councils and executives of First Nations and communities who have received, or hope to receive forest tenures will greatly benefit from this course.

Satisfied past participants of this course and similar courses led by Mr. Robert Hunter include employees and owners of First Nations and businesses in forestry, forest consulting, silviculture and logging.  Evaluations completed by participants of this course included comments such as:

  • “Provided very good frame work for understanding tenure management.”
  • “Course is very applicable to First Nations obtaining forest tenures.” 
  • “Great overview of the process.” 
  • “Very informative – tells you what you are getting into and what will be expected of you.” 
  • “Material was very clearly laid out in the binder and presentation.” 
  • “Good course for First Nations considering getting into forestry.” 
  • “Very Informative.”

Course Duration

This course is one day.  The course is classroom-based consisting of lectures, applied exercises, case studies and discussions.

Course Certificate

Course participants will receive a Understanding Your Forest Tenure  Course Completion Certificate if:

  • They attend the entire training course session.

Course Prerequisites


Course Schedule

View our schedule for Understanding Your Forest Tenure.

This course can be combined with Forest Law and Contracts for Forest-Based Businesses. View the course schedule for Forest - Course Sets.

More Information Required?

Contact Us  and we will be happy to answer your questions and/or forward additional information.

Other Important Course Information

Course Materials VOI Training group Provides:

All participants will receive a comprehensive manual including all the presentation materials, case examples, the relevant exerts from legislation and discussion topics. 

Classroom Supplies Participants Provide:

  • Writing instruments.