Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Goals of the Community Forest  Program

This form of tenure is intended to provide new opportunities for community management of Crown forest land.

By providing communities with greater flexibility to manage local forests, government seeks to:

  • provide long-term opportunities for achieving a range of community objectives, values and priorities

  • diversify the use of and benefits derived from the community forest agreement area

  • provide social and economic benefits to British Columbia

  • undertake community forestry consistent with sound principles of environmental stewardship that reflect a broad spectrum of values

  • promote community involvement and participation

  • promote communication and strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities and persons

  • foster innovation

  • advocate forest worker safety

Creating new opportunities for local entrepreneurs

Managing for local priorities