|January, 2004||Ministry of Forests|
COMMUNITY-BASED FOREST MANAGEMENT
Small- and medium-scale forestry operations help communities to diversify their local forest economies. Operations usually hire and buy supplies locally, offer logs to local manufacturers and practise innovative sustainable forest management.
Currently, woodlots and community forest agreements together account for about two per cent of the province’s annual harvest. As part of its plan to revitalize the forest economy, the province will increase the timber allocated to small tenures by 1.2 million cubic metres – a significant increase over the volume currently harvested under these forms of tenures.
This allowable annual cut reallocation will open up new opportunities for communities and individuals to use their forestry and business experience to manage forest resources in their area. It will also help communities diversify their forest economies and build on opportunities that will arise through other forest policy reforms.
Government has been working with woodlot and community forest stakeholders to discuss how best to administer the expanded program. Once parts of the timber reallocation process are complete, new tenure opportunities are expected to be advertised, fall 2004.