The ground rules and requirements that affect the everyday business and operations of forestry firms are derived from a wide range of regulation and law. These can include everything from contract and tax law, to safety regulations and employment standards. Like all rules these regulations often need to be interpreted so their application makes sense and is practical for the consulting and silviculture sector to comply with.

At the same time the rules need to be enforced effectively so that, for instance, competition for work remains fair and fraud and criminality are discouraged. It may also be the case where the sector has a role in self-governing eg. abiding by industry recognized codes of conduct such as the WFCA’s Code of Ethics. One of the main activities of the WFCA is to work in this wide arena where regulation meets practice by providing its members with advocacy and constructive advice.