Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Community Forest Agreements

In British Columbia, a community forest can be described as any forestry operation managed by a local government, community group, or First Nation for the benefit of the entire community.

Through the Forestry Revitalization Plan and timber reallocation, government committed to diversifying the forest economy and creating new opportunities.  Under the plan, about 1.2 million cubic metres of timber will be available for small tenures such as community forests and woodlots.

Community forests are an important and growing opportunity for communities, supporting new options in recreation, wildlife and watershed management.

Harvesting operations can also provide a source of revenue, supporting local priorities, while harvest rates and exact locations within the tenure can be set to meet locally determined objectives and interests.

Quick Facts

Here are some quick facts about Community Forest Agreements

  • As of November 2015, approximately 1.41 million hectares were being managed as community forests.
  • There are currently 52 active community forests in the province.
  • Burns Lake Community Forest was offered the first 25 year licence in September, 2004.