Whether you have been an active participant in the community-based development of the Community Forest Operating Plan (CFOP), or you are waiting to see what comes out at the end, here are some community forest facts that you may find helpful: What is the Cortes Community Forest?
The Community Forest on Cortes is composed of areas of forested Crown lands on Cortes Island whose tenure has been awarded to the Cortes Forestry General Partnership (CFGP) under a Community Forest Agreement (CFA). (see map – Community Forest area in green).What is the CFGP and how long is the tenure?
The Cortes Forestry General Partnership is a legal entity created expressly for the purpose of securing a Community Forest Agreement (CFA) on Cortes Island. The two partners are Cortes Community Forest Co-operative (CCFC) and Klahoose Forestry No. 2 Limited Partnership (KF2LP). Both partners have invested equally and will be active in governance of the general partnership as well as management of the CFA tenure.
The tenure is for 25 years, and is renewable. What is the Community Forest Agreement (CFA) and how does it work?
The CFA is an agreement between the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forestry, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) and the CFGP. Under the agreement the CFGP must pay the province an annual rent plus a fee for trees cut within the community forest, called stumpage. In return the CFGP has the right to cut and sell timber from the community forest area. “Community forests are subject to the provisions of the Forest and Range Practices Act. The tenure also grants (the CFGP) the ability to manage for water, recreation, wildlife, and viewscape resources. Community Forest Agreement holders have stewardship responsibilities that include strategic and operational planning, inventory maintenance, and reforestation.”
A Community Forest Agreement differs from other forest tenures in that it is managed by a group that lives in that community rather than a company that may hail from elsewhere. “Decisions made at the local level are, by definition, “locally appropriate” and provide incentives to consider the long-term benefits of sustainable management.”
The Cortes CFA was issued based on the application that the CFGP submitted to the MFLNRO – to see this application, and the CFA itself, go online to www.dropbox.com/sh/rj608qd4a668h6b/Nj9WQyGkun
For more information on BC's community forests see the The Community Forest Guidebook II at:http://www.forrex.org/sites/default/files/forrex_series/FS30_0.pdf