|March 26, 2003||Ministry of Forests|
COMMUNITY-BASED FOREST MANAGEMENT
Small- and medium-scale forestry operations help communities to diversify their local forest economies. Operations usually hire and buy supplies locally, offer logs to local manufacturers and practise innovative sustainable forest management.
Together, woodlots and community forest agreements account for about two per cent of the province’s annual harvest.
As part of its plan to revitalize the forest economy, the province will double the timber allocated to community-based forest tenures like woodlot licences and community forest pilot agreements.
Over the next few months, the government will consult with those involved about how the added timber should be allocated, and about how best to administer these types of tenure.
This allowable annual cut reallocation will open up opportunities for communities and individuals who want to use their forestry and business experience to manage forest resources in their area. It will also help communities diversify their forest economies and build on opportunities that will arise through other forest policy reforms.