Community Forest Advisory Committee (CFAC)
Terms of Reference

December 2000


In December 1997, the Minister of Forests appointed a Community Forest Advisory Committee (CFAC) to make recommendations on a new forest tenure designed to increase the direct participation of communities and First Nations in the management of local forests, for local needs, and to create sustainable jobs. The original CFAC included 12 representatives from key stakeholder groups including communities, First Nations, forest workers, industry, environmental groups and academia as follows:

Original CFAC Membership


Doug Routledge Forest Industry (NFPA/COFI)
Keith Spencer Forest Industry (Small Business/Value Added)
Bill Routley Forest Workers (IWA)
Ralph Moore Environmental community (Environment Caucus)
Geoff Battersby Communities (Revelstoke)
Bill Profili Communities (Rossland)
Gary Swann Communities (Alberni Clayoquot)
Anne Murray Communities (North Cowichan)
Cameron Beck First Nations (Union of BC Indian Chiefs)
Earl Smith First Nations (First Nations Summit)
David Haley Academia (UBC)
Fred Gale Academia (UVIC)

Initial Role of the CFAC

The CFAC was instrumental in the development of the new "Community Forest Agreement" and "Community Forest Pilot Agreement". This included:

  • Guiding the attributes of the tenure.
  • Providing input on the application and evaluation procedures for the tenure.
  • Evaluating the original group of proposals.

The involvement of the CFAC in the Community Forest Agreement Program also ensured support of key stakeholder groups and helped achieve non-partisan, fair evaluation of community forest pilot agreement proposals. With the minister’s selection of the first seven community forest pilot agreement sites in June and July of 1999, the role of the CFAC shifted from guiding the development of the tenure to monitoring the pilots and recommending "course corrections" as the program evolves.

Current Role of the CFAC

To ensure the success of the Community Forest Agreement Program, it is considered essential that the CFAC continue during the operational phase of the pilots. During this phase, the CFAC is expected to provide the following services intended to further the Community Forest Agreement Program:

  • Advise on and actively participate in the monitoring and evaluation of community forest pilot agreements. These monitoring and evaluation results will be considered when determining if pilot agreements should be extended, or offered a long-term community forest agreement of 25 to 99 years. The results may also be considered when deciding if the Community Forest Agreement Program should be expanded, remain static or discontinued.
  • Provide input to an annual report on the Community Forest Agreement Program.
  • Assist the MOF to identify changes needed to the application process and the administrative framework for the agreements. This includes legislation, agreement document and policy.
  • Evaluate proposals, should additional community forest pilot agreement opportunities be offered.
  • Act as an additional conduit to facilitate information flow between the pilot communities and the MOF or other government agencies.

Current Membership of CFAC

The current CFAC membership and affiliation