Management of a community forest is challenging, regardless of where an organization is in the process. The focus of the work of the BCCFA is to strengthen the community forest network and to develop programs and linkages to the ideas, tools and inspiration for community forests to be successful.
The BCCFA’s partnership with the UBC Faculty of Forestry has also led to a funded co-op placement which gives the students a chance to put their classroom learning into practice in the unique environment of a community forest.
Susan Mulkey, BCCFA governance specialist, is available to work with BCCFA member communities for $500 per day on their organizational development, strategic planning, communication strategy and policy areas.
All around British Columbia, there is growing support for more community control of our forest resources. Community Forest Agreements are a powerful tool to support local jobs and diversify the economic base of rural communities while maintaining forest ecosystems and values for the future.
The mission of the BCCFA is to promote and support the practice and expansion of sustainable community forest management in BC. The purposes of the Association are to: • Work to ensure the viability of community forest initiatives • Provide education on community forestry issues • Assist community forest practitioners in accessing resources required to succeed • Promote community forest management as a strategy for community economic development
All of these purposes speak to the importance of extension in the work of the Association.