West Boundary Community Forest was presented with The Robin Hood Memorial Award For Excellence in Community Forestry and a $10,000 grant by Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development during the British Columbia Community Forest Association (BCCFA) conference and annual general meeting on Oct. 22, 2021.
“Local governments, community groups and First Nations manage community forests for the benefit of the entire communities where they are located....Due to COVID-19, the Robin Hood Memorial Award was not given out in 2020. So yesterday, I had the distinct honour of presenting two awards that will represent the winners of both 2020 and 2021. Both West Boundary and Westbank First Nation community forests exemplify the values of the program by looking for new ways to diversify economic interests.”
— Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development
Established in 2016, the Robin Hood Memorial Award for Excellence in Community Forestry and accompanying grant are given annually to the community forest that best exemplifies the values exhibited by the late Robin Hood—a British Columbia community forest pioneer— and the BC community forest program. These values include innovation and leadership in land management, building and maintaining social license and involvement with the local community and First Nations, and providing social, economic, cultural and environmental benefits to the local community and First Nations.
A tribute with more information about Robin Hood's impact on the community forest program can be found on the BC Community Forest Association website.