BC Community Forest Indicators Report (2020) Released

BC Community Forest Indicators Report (2020) Released
The BC Community Forest Association is pleased to share the 2020 Community Forest Indicators Report. The Indicators Report, now in its 6th year, contains analysis of 18 different areas where community forests deliver economic, social, cultural, and environmental benefits to their rural and Indigenous communities and to the Province.

Along with the quantitative information, the report is filled with stories and photos that further demonstrate the importance of community forests to the sustainable future of these communities and the land that surrounds them.
“Community forests are showing British Columbians that forest management can be much more than timber harvesting and the economic bottom line. By supporting the success of existing community forests and by investing in the creation of more and larger community forests, the Province can solve multiple problems. The time is now to empower communities to become true partners in modern, collaborative, and sustainable land management,” said Jennifer Gunter, Executive Director of the BCCFA.
Thirty-two community forests participated in the 2019/2020 survey, providing data from their last reporting year, specific to their operations. This sample represents 73 percent of the operating community forests in the BCCFA. Most are small rural communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, with an average population of 3,965.

Community forests are creating more jobs in rural communities. This year’s results show that community forests are creating 85% more jobs/ m3 than the industry average in their forestry, logging and support services.

They operate in sensitive areas and are reliably supplying logs to both major processing facilities and small manufacturers.

They are generating economic activity, while contributing to local projects. 

With community forests located primarily in the land surrounding communities, they are acting on the urgent need to manage these areas to adapt to climate change and mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

This year’s results show a tripling of the community forests’ own investments in wildfire management –  evidence of the leadership role that community forests are playing. They are managing for ecosystem resilience and investing in forest stewardship, above and beyond legal requirements.

Read the 2020 BCCFA Community Forest Indicators Report.

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 www.bccfa.ca

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