Community Forests

Many things have changed since the early forestry industry. Machines and technology rapidly took over and increased production to meet the demands of large global companies. At this time the public became more interested and concerned with what was going on in the forests. Prior to this people had the idea that the forest was limitless and if they didn?t make use of it themselves, the trees were wasted.

There are many important values to our forest; wildlife, recreation, timber, fresh water and the air we breathe, to name a few. We need to mange our forest and see nature in a balanced way as our whole existence is a part of nature.

The forest industry needs the public support as well as the support of other stakeholders. In this way, working together, we can find a new way to work through old issues. Cooperative efforts such as community forests can play a large roll in the future of the provinces and our local area.

Community Forests:

·Provide long-term opportunities for achieving a range of community objectives, including employment, forest-related education and skills training and other social, environmental and economic benefits.

· Provide social and economic benefits to the province of British Columbia

·Meet the objectives of government in respect of environmental stewardship including the management of timber, water, fisheries, wildlife and cultural heritage resources.

· Balance the uses of forest resources.

· Enhance the use of and benefits derived from the community forest agreement area

· Encourage co-operation among stakeholders.

Both economically and environmentally, we need multiple partnerships to guide our future forest activities. We can all play a part. We are all community stakeholders. We owe future generations our interest and involvement which will eventually affect them.

We can harvest wood for the next one hundred years, and if done right our eco system will still exist and thrive. Reforestation plays a big part in this.

To bring us back to our own reality, stop and think how the forest affects you every day. Consider the things you consume, need and use. We read newspapers, magazines and books; we use toilet tissue, paper towels, etc. It is our consumption habits which dictate how much fibre we need from our forest- one of our most precious natural resources.To quote one of many First Nations People, ?The forest is our heartbeat; it is what gives you life.