Growing Community Forests
Practice, Research, and Advocacy in Canada
Canada is experiencing an unparalleled crisis involving forests and communities across the country. While municipalities, policy makers, and industry leaders acknowledge common challenges such as an overdependence on U.S. markets, rising energy costs, and lack of diversification, no common set of solutions has been developed and implemented. Ongoing and at times contentious public debate has revealed an appetite and need for a fundamental rethinking of the relationships that link our communities, governments, industrial partners, and forests.
The community forest is one path that promises to build social, economic, and ecological resilience. This model provides local control over common forest-lands in order to activate resource development opportunities, benefits, and social responsibilities. Implementing community forestry in practice has proven to be a complex task, however: there are no road maps or well-developed and widely-tested models for community forestry in Canada. But in settings where community forests have taken hold, there is a rich and growing body of experience to draw on.
Growing Community Forests brings leading researchers, practitioners, Indigenous representatives, government representatives, local advocates, and students together to share resources, and tools to forest communities, policy makers, and industry.
“Rural and small-town resource-dependent regions are struggling with transformation and change in the new economy. The expansion of community forest initiatives over the past decades have been one mechanism by which local goals and values can be linked to the use of a community’s forested surroundings. Within a growing literature, this book is a welcome, diverse, and timely addition which provides a ready and valuable reference to community forests and community forestry in Canada.”
– Greg Halseth, Geography, University of Northern British Columbia
About the Authors
Ryan Bullock is an assistant professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, as well as the Director of the Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Winnipeg.
Gayle Broad is an associate professor, Community Economic and Social Development program, and Director of Research at the NORDIK Institute at Algoma University.
Lynn Palmer is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Natural Resources Management at Lakehead University.
Peggy Smith is an associate professor, Faculty of Natural Resources Management, as well as the Interim Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) at Lakehead University.
Other contributors: Gayle Broad, Ryan Bullock, Giuliana Casimirri, Annette Chretien, Peter Duinker, Felicitas Egunyu, Tracy Glynn, Jennifer Gunter, Shashi Kant, Colin Lachance. Julia Lawler, Erik Leslie, Kris MacLellan, Grant Morin, Susan Mulkey, Brenda Murphy, Lynn Palmer, Maureen Reed, David Robinson, Peggy Smith, Sara Teitelbaum