Forest Pilot Project
Terms of Reference
To prepare, for consideration of the Minister of Forests, written
recommendations with respect to the following:
- The key elements of one or more community forest licence models that are
consistent with the guiding principles of the Minister of Forests as specified under
Schedule 1 of this terms of reference, and with the range of objectives that communities
may seek to attain through a community based tenure.
The committee will include in its recommendations a definition of "community"
for the purpose of the pilots. This definition will form the basis for describing which
parties the government will enter into community forest licence agreements with. As such,
the definition of a community must be one which enables a party to enter into a legal
- Criteria for selecting which communities would be the most suitable for
testing the pilot tenure. The criteria established by government in Schedule 2 of this
terms of reference will be incorporated.
- On the basis of criteria developed under part 2 above, and approval by
the minister, the committee will make recommendations with regard to which communities
would be suitable candidates for testing the tenure pilots.
- A process and criteria for monitoring the progress of pilot communities
and evaluating the achievement of pilot objectives.
The first tasks of the Committee will be to:
- identify guiding principles in addition to those in Schedule 1 which
reflect community objectives;
- identify the key information required to support development of the
committee's recommendations; and
- recommend a format for inviting community applications for participation
in the pilot project.
Recommendations respecting the above should be submitted to the Minister
of Forests following the first meeting of the committee.
The committee membership is shown in Schedule 3
of this terms of reference.
The committee will be required to report its recommendations to the
minister in line with the following deadlines:
- Initial recommendations regarding the framework of the tenure models to
be developed: December 19, l997.
- Final recommendations regarding tenure structure and definition of
"community": February 27, l998
- Recommendations regarding pilot selection criteria: February 27, l998
- Recommendations regarding suitable pilot test sites: May 30, l998
- Recommendations regarding monitoring and evaluation criteria: May 30,
The committee's mandate will be considered complete upon making
recommendations to the Minister of Forests on the items listed above.
Pilots site selection will be made by the Minister of Forests following
passing of enabling legislation, in the Spring of 1998.
Committee Support, presentations
The committee shall be supported by government through the Jobs and
Timber Accord secretariat.
As required, the committee may request that persons outside of the
committee make presentations to the committee regarding various community based management
All meetings of the committee shall be attended only by members of the
committee and any other participants invited by the working group and approved by the
chair in advance.
It is expected that the committee will meet on a monthly basis.
Meetings of the committee will be recorded in minutes which briefly
summarize the matters discussed and any decision made. The minutes shall not attribute
specific points of view to individual specific members of the committee.
Each member of the committee may circulate to the committee any
information or reports which that participant believes may be helpful in pursuing the
mandate. No information or reports shall be characterized as being sanctioned by the
committee until specifically agreed to by the committee.
The output of the committee shall be presented to the Minister of
Forests. Decisions on how to present information to the public will be made by the
Guiding principles for development of
Community Forest Tenures
In carrying out its mandate, the committee will give consideration
to the following guiding principles:
Community forests should:
- seek to balance the various objectives for the continued use of Crown
forest land; community forests are not intended to be used as vehicles solely for the
purpose of forest preservation or as vehicles solely for timber extraction;
- contribute to the sustainability and enhancement of forest sector
employment in the community;
- provide opportunities for enhanced management and use of forest
- provide opportunities for partnerships among all sectors within the
community and First Nations;
- promote public, stakeholder, and First Nations consultation and
participation in the management and use of forest land within the licence;
- meet or exceed minimum provincial standards for resource management and
- be financially self-sustaining in the long term;
- address forest stewardship objectives specified in section 4 of
the Ministry of Forests Act:
- encourage maximum productivity of forest and range resources in the
- manage, protect and conserve the forest and range resources of the Crown,
having regard to the immediate and long term economic and social benefits they may confer
on the province;
- plan the use of the forest and range resources of the Crown, so that the
production of timber and forage, the harvesting of timber, the grazing of livestock and
the realization of fisheries, wildlife, water, outdoor recreation and other natural
resource values are coordinated and integrated in consultation and cooperation with other
ministries and agencies of the Crown and with the private sector;
- encourage a vigorous, efficient and world competitive timber processing
industry in the province; and
- assert the financial interest of the Crown in its forest and range
resources in a systematic and equitable manner.
- provide a reasonable return to the province for use of forest resource
- possibly create opportunities for wealth creation for local communities.
Government Criteria for pilot selection
- Proposed pilot sites will not impose on the rights of existing tenure
holders, the Small Business Forest Enterprise Program, or private land owners, unless the
tenure holders or land owners have indicated that they are prepared to enter into
co-operative ventures with the community as part of the pilot.
- The Timber Supply area in which the pilot is proposed must be capable of
supporting the pilot tenure in respect of unallocated allowable annual cut and
unencumbered land base.
- The pilot "community" must be legally capable of entering into
a contract with the government.
- Selection of pilots will be representative of the geographic areas and
community structures and reflect a broad range of community and forest values.
- Applications for community forest pilots will be measured against the
guiding principles established by the Advisory Committee.
Membership of Advisory Committee
Biographies of Members
||Mayor Bill Profili,
||Mayor Anne Murray,
||Mayor Geoff Battersby,
||Gary Swan, Director,
Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
||Doug Routledge R.P.F.,
Northern Forest Products Association
Vanderhoof Specialty Products
East Kootenay Environmental Society
||Dr. David Haley R.P.F.,
University of British Columbia
||Dr. Fred Gale,
University of Victoria
Yun Ka Whu'ten Holdings Ltd.
Maquinna Development Corp..
Gary Williams, Chair
Gail Brewer R.P.F.,
Ministry of Forests,
Community Forest Pilot Project Coordinator
Ken Baker R.P.F.,
Senior Policy Advisor,
Ministry of Forests
Cortex Consultants Inc.
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