While forestry remains an important industry in British Columbia, its evolution, driven by a number of factors including technological change and industry consolidation has led to an overall drop in sector employment, and economic hardship in many rural BC communities traditionally highly dependent on forestry operations for tax revenues and employment. While there are no easy fixes, the emergence of Community Forests — locally owned and controlled forest tenures — may prove at least a partial solution for communities looking to stimulate economic activity and exert more control over their immediate environments.
Key Links & Success Stories
BC Community Forest Association
BC First Nations Forestry Council
Small Oregon mill "branches out"!
Harrop-Procter Community Forest Shines
Valemount Community Forest to spur economic opportunity in the Robson Valley
Likely-Xatsull Community Forest case study
Have sawmill, will travel — Lower North Thompson Community Forest
Making British Columbia's Forest Economic Engine Great (ILMA, 2016)
Growing the BC Interior Value Added Wood Sector (a SIBAC report, 2013)
BC Rural Centre's Submission to the BC Provincial Government re. its Interior Forestry Revitalization Initiative
BC Community Forest Association's Submission to the Provincial Government re. its Interior Forestry Revitalization Engagement
Schultz, Ortner, Sunderman: Submission to the BC Interior Forestry Revitalization Engagement
First Nations Forestry Council Submission to the BC Interior Forestry Engagement
BC First Nations Forest Strategy (May 2019)
Restoring Forestry in BC (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
Making Forest Policy More Effective (OBAC)
Community Forests — Community Benefits: The Economic Contributions of Community Forests to Rural BC Communities
SIBAC Submission to the Mid-Term Special Committee on Timber Supply
SIBAC Area Based Tenure Consultation Submission
Growing the BC Interior — Value-Added Wood Sector
Forest Policy Decision-Making: the Case for Greater Community Consultation and Engagement
Contractor Sustainability: A Personal Perspective (from Truck Logger BC)
An important report, Community Forests — Community Benefits: The Economic Contributions of Community Forest to Rural Communities, on the significant value of…
Sicamous mayor Terry Rysz speaks out on rural economic development & a new community forest initiative
Sicamous mayor Terry Rysz candidly admits that his community — like many other small, rural, forestry-dependent communities across BC —…
This article by Virginia Rasch excerpted from Kootenay Business highlights the Harrop-Procter Community Forest, one of the most innovative community forestry initiatives…
In this podcast, Dave Johnson, Erik Leslie, Rami Rothkop, and Ramona Faust discuss the origins and operating philosophy of the Harrop-Procter…
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