Measuring the Benefits of Community Forestry: Community Forest Indicators Report Released

New Annual Community Forest Indicators Report

Press Release April 12, 2017 –  British Columbia Community Forest Association

Link to the Report

Link to the News Release

The BC Community Forest Association is pleased to share the report of their 3rd annual Community Forest Indicators Survey. The survey collects data on the economic, social, cultural, and environmental benefits that community forests bring to their communities and to the province.

The survey results show how important community forests are to their local communities and regions. They generated an average of $1.9 million of economic activity in the reporting year. They contributed $257,000 on average in cash and in-kind donations, a significant boost to rural communities, most with populations of 3,000 or less.

By collecting data on 18 different indicators, the BCCFA has found a way to measure the unique and varied contributions that community forests make. 93% of the operating community forests in the BCCFA participated in the survey and nearly 50% are held by First Nations or a partnership between an Indigenous and non-Indigenous community.

Erik Leslie, President, BCCFA Community Forest Association describes how “The BCCFA Indicators report includes not just statistics and quantitative measures.  The report is also filled with dozens of stories that demonstrate the creative energy and innovation that we see in community forests across the province. 

Jim Atkinson, General Manager, McLeod Lake Mackenzie Community Forest, said “The Indicators Survey shows the spectrum of what community forests can accomplish. Profitability for a community forest is measured by different metrics than used by industry. While profitability for a community forest can be measured in cash, no less important are more intangible benefits such as the long-term health and sustainability of our forest; recreation, employment and development opportunities for community members and harmony with all the other users of the forest.”

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gunter, Executive Director
250 384 4110

2017 Conference and AGM June 15 – 17 in Tumbler Ridge, BC

This year’s BC Community Forest Association Conference and AGM will be held in Tumbler Ridge, June 15-17, 2017.

Check the BCCFA website  for registration and updates

Join us in Tumbler Ridge, the land of waterfalls and dinosaurs, and home of the new UNESCO Global Geopark, for the 2017 Conference and AGM, hosted by the Tumbler Ridge Community Forest.

Each year, community forest managers and board volunteers, along with forest professionals, local and provincial government representatives and academics look forward to the informative sessions and valuable networking opportunities of this event. Join us and experience BC community forest culture first hand.

Online Registration – Available in April

Event VenueTrend Mountain Hotel

Become a Conference Sponsor – make an online payment

Accommodations Guide


Thursday, June 15th
9:00-3:00     Field trip to Tumbler Ridge Community Forest & local special features
6:00-10:00   Opening Reception

Friday, June 16th 
8:30-4:30    Sessions will include a round table on community engagement, building trust and the cultivation of social licence; information on the new BC land based funding opportunities including the new carbon project; updates on key activities from the MFLNRO and the BCCFA; Manager and Board sessions on current and emerging issues.
6:00-10:00  BCCFA Banquet, Awards and celebration of the BCCFA’s 15th Anniversary

Saturday, June 17th
8:30-3:00    BCCFA AGM; Community Forest Showcase; liability and volunteer projects on the community forest; and more