On the road to sustainable community forestry: a case study of three British Columbia forestry-dependent towns
Code, Kathleen Lynne
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SubjectCommunity forestry; Sustainable forestry; Youbou (B.C.); Mackenzie (B.C.); Revelstoke (B.C.); British Columbia; Case studies (Research methodology)
Extensive mill closures by industrial forestry companies in forestry-dependent towns in British Columbia, have, in many cases, resulted in effectively eliminating the local primary industry. Communities have lost the economic and social base that sustains families, the municipal tax base and the local retail market, and the local forest expertise has been forced to look elsewhere for work. Many communities around the world have developed viable community forestry frameworks and successful operations as a means of addressing sustainability, social and economic issues. While a number of community forestry supports are available in B.C., many communities continue to experience difficulties establishing viable forestry operations. This research will examine the broad-spectrum and site-specific challenges faced by three designated B.C. communities at different stages along the continuum toward successful operations, and will propose strategies aimed at overcoming the barriers to their success.
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