VICTORIA – The BC Community Forest Association (BCCFA) has released its annual report which summarizes the benefits of community forestry in BC.
Forty community forests participated in the survey, providing data from their last reporting year. This sample represents 93% of the operating community forests in the BCCFA. Most are small rural communities, with an average population of 3,360.
This year’s results show that community forests are creating 63% more jobs/ m3 than the industry average in their forestry operations. They operate in sensitive areas, while reliably supplying logs to both major processing facilities and small manufacturers. They are showing leadership in reducing the risk of wildfire to their communities and have a significant role in the process of First Nations reconciliation beyond the legal requirements of the tenure.