The Community Forest Indicators report summarizes the economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits of community forests. Community forestry is an innovative form of forest management that provides communities with the right to manage local forests for local benefit. Every community forest is unique and each one strives to generate benefits as defined by the community. To better understand these benefits, the BCCFA developed a system of eighteen indicators to measure and track the contributions made by operating community forests.
The report is conducted annually and summarizes the results of a survey of community forests in the province. While the data collected through the survey demonstrates the tangible benefits that community forests are generating, equally important are the stories of individual community forests and the unique contributions they make. The examples woven throughout the annual reports give insight to the innovation being applied by community forests and to the significant contributions they make to their communities.