This program recognizes that small-scale forestry is important to
the province's social and economic well-being and that many Crown Land
parcels could benefit from the personal care of interested community
members. Licensees work with the community, taking into
consideration local values and objectives on issues such as the
protection of scenic values, various ecosystems, and recreation
A Woodlot Licence is a legal agreement that
grants a licence holder exclusive rights to manage and harvest Crown
timber within the Woodlot Licence area in accordance with Provincial
This program's objectives are to
increase the amount of forest land under sustained yield management,
improve productivity of small Crown and private forest land parcels,
increase opportunities for citizens to be directly involved in
small-scale forest management and to promote excellence in forest
The Campbell River Natural Resource District has
40 Woodlot Licences.
9 on the West Coast, 1 on the mainland, 11
on Quadra Island with the remainder on the East Coast of
Island between Sayward and Union Bay.
The first woodlots were awarded in the 1987 with more recent awards
occurring in the 1990’s through to the present day.
The areas selected for the Woodlot Licence program tend to be located in
urban interface areas of the East Coast of Vancouver Island as the
program provides for management to local perspective, a light foot
print, and offers many local people with jobs and forest recreation
opportunities. Licensees work with the community, taking into
consideration local values and objectives on issues that include the
protection of: scenic values, forest ecosystems, watershed values
and recreation features.
Harvesting operations can also provide a source of revenue, supporting
local priorities, while harvest rates and cut block locations can be
modified within the operations to meet locally determined objectives and