The Harrop-Procter Community Co-Operative was awarded the Robin Hood Memorial Award for Excellence in Community Forestry. In its second year, this $10,000 grant honours past president of the BCCFA and community forest champion, Robin Hood. Established in 2016, the prize is awarded annually by the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations to the community forest that best exemplifies the core values of the B.C. community forest program – values such as community leadership, providing local and social economic opportunity and passion for community forestry.
As one of the original community forest pilots in BC, Harrop-Procter’s co-operative structure has set them apart as a leader in the community forest movement. They have exhibited strong leadership through climate change adaptation, with a focus on reducing wildfire hazard. An FSC certified operation, they have harvested successfully in sensitive viewscapes and watersheds. Aiming to get as much value as possible from their timber, they operate a small value-added sawmill that provides approximately seven times the number of jobs per cubic metre than the provincial average. “There couldn’t be a more deserving recipient of the Robin Hood Memorial Award. The Harrop-Procter Community Forest has been a trail blazer ever since its inception in 1999. Their commitment to forest stewardship and innovation has set an example for everyone working in community forestry in BC and elsewhere” – Jennifer Gunter, BCCFA Executive Director