The CFA`s mandate was designed to enable local communities to manage local forests for the benefit of these communities in a manner consistent with locally defined goals and values. CFAs are subject to the Forest Act and the Forest and Range Practices Act, as well as all other applicable laws and regulations. Community forest organizations operate relatively small forest conditions, with an allowable annual average of 39,000 m3 in 2019. They range from 361 hectares to 160,122 hectares, with an average of 28,458 hectares. “Adherence to the governance structure has been a decisive step forward in our community history, as our two governments work together to manage and protect these forest areas for future generations. We are deeply committed to this partnership with the Squamish Nation to manage such a valuable common good, and look forward to sharing more information and hearings from community members in the months ahead. We also appreciate the province of British Columbia, which has made that possible. Communal logging can be described as logging managed by a local government, first nation or municipal organization for the good of the community as a whole. This innovative form of forest management brings economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits to local communities and the province as a whole. The bulk of the communal forest economy is local control and the enjoyment of the monetary and non-monetary benefits provided by local forest resources.
The benefits of municipal forestry vary from country to country, as they each identify its unique values and priorities. For example, a rural mountain community has made water protection its top priority, while a first nation communal forest considers the education and long-term employment of group members as its top priorities. Among the many advantages of communal forestry are: B.C. Community Forest Association (BCCFA) is a network of community organizations in B.C that exploit communal forests or strive to establish communal forests. 7 For the purposes of Section 43.3 (c) (c) of the Forest Act, a communal forest contract may give its owner the right to harvest, manage and collect royalties for all or part of the forest plants and fungi, with the exception of wood. 2. Where the area is designated as a communal basin in accordance with Section 41 (10) of the Act, sub-section 1 is applicable, for or after the direct softening of the Communities, at the request of a Community agreement on forests without competition. Community forest agreements last 25 to 99 years and are interchangeable every ten years.