Resources

A core mandate of the BCCFA is to support community forests with the resources they need to be successful.

We have developed publications that capture the collective wisdom and lessons learned from community forest practitioners. These resources provide important information, tools, and techniques related to the unique nature of the Community Forest Agreement tenure.

BCCFA Publications and Webinars

The Community Forestry Guidebook I

This practical “how-to” guide provides valuable tools and techniques for everyone interested or involved in community forest management in British Columbia and elsewhere. Published in 2004 it compiles the collective wisdom of community forestry practitioners in the province and embraces many of the lessons on community forestry learned to date. It remains a useful tool.

The Community Forestry Guidebook I​

The Shareholder Corporation Contract- A Tool for Strengthening Cooperation and Accountability in Community Forestry

This guide is specifically intended for the shareholders and directors of community forest corporations. It explains how a well-written contract will help communities to clarify their roles and responsibilities, and ultimately lead to accountability and collaboration at all levels of the organization.

The Shareholder Corporation Contract- A Tool for Strengthening Cooperation and Accountability in Community Forestry

A Guide to Building Relationships and Cultivating Social Licence

This guide was developed for managers of small tenures in British Columbia who are working closely with local communities, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, as well as provincial, federal, and municipal agencies. It provides examples of lessons learned and key concepts that will help guide managers in the process of cultivating social licence using a range of participatory approaches.

A Guide to Building Relationships and Cultivating Social Licence​

Socio-Economic Impacts of British Columbia’s Community Forests Program

By comparing the value created by community forests and the total forest activity in the province, this study provides insight into the benefits that community forests bring to the rural and Indigenous communities they operate within, and to the province as a whole. Using a multiple account analysis framework, the report assesses the socio-economic impacts of community forests on economic development, government revenues and social implications.

Socio-Economic Impacts of British Columbia’s Community Forests Program

BC Government Resources

Safety Publications

From the Woodlot Licence and Community Forest Agreement Safety Committee of the BC Forest Safety Council ​

Management of Prime Contractor requirements and the Mitigation of Corporate Liabilities Related to WorkSafe BC Legislation

The complex nature of the Prime Contractor process and the common misunderstandings related to its application can have implications for worker safety and lead to Woodlot Licence and Community Forest Agreement holders being exposed to potential liabilities.  Often, these liability risks are tied to the omission or execution of some key aspect of the Prime Contractor process.  The process controls, identified in the document, aid the Owner in confirming and recording information related to contractor qualifications, identification of Owner and Prime Contractor responsibilities, the transfer of site plan and hazard information and ongoing communication.

This document summarizes actions required by the owner to address worker safety and mitigate risks related to safety incidents or violations of safety legislation.

Management of Prime Contractor requirements can be found here

 

Templates for Development of a Safety Plan

In BC, each community forest licensee has a responsibility to have a safety plan in place to guide forest management activities on their tenure area.  Recognizing that tenure holders manage those operations in a range of ways, the Woodlot Licence and Community Forest Agreement Safety Committee of the BC Forest Safety Council has developed three safety plan templates based on the type of work being conducted and who is doing the work. Each template provides guidance and resources (checklists, example forms, links) that will help community forest agreement holders build a new safety plan or enhance their existing program.  If you are interested in becoming SAFE Certified, these templates will also assist you in pursuing that objective.

Templates can be found here

Prime Contractor

Everyone in the forest industry needs to be qualified to do their work safely. This includes anyone
doing the work of being a prime contractor.

Prime Contractor

Are you a worker?

Worker” – A person who has entered into or works under a contract of hiring, written or oral,
express or implied, including:

i) Those persons undergoing training or probationary work specified or stipulated by the employer
as a preliminary to employment

ii) an independent operator

Are you a worker?

Logging Near Powerlines

Are you logging near powerlines? Recent incidents in BC’s forest industry, in which trees being
felled have contacted energized transmission lines, have led to the creation of documents by BC
Hydro. These documents support discussions with forest companies/ harvesting contractors to
ensure obligations to identify the hazardous areas associated with harvesting near powerlines are
addressed.

Logging Near Powerlines

Trail Use in BC – Who is Liable?

Trails in BC have a valuable role in our heritage, livelihoods and recreation. Users range from school
kids, tourists, hikers, bikers and skiers to hunters and berry pickers. Question: If one of those users is
injured while using a trail that’s on your woodlot or community forest, will the licence holder be
held liable?

Trail Use in BC – Who is Liable?

Partner Publications

Do you know what your safety responsibilities are? According to BC’s safety laws, different parties have different roles and responsibilities for work that occurs on a community forest or woodlot license area. This table summarizes those responsibilities. Be aware that you can have more than one set of responsibilities (e.g. be both owner and the employer).

Safety Responsibilities

Partner Publications

Community Forests — Community Benefits: The Economic Contributions of Community Forests to Rural Communities

This report provides the findings of an economic analysis of community forests in BC completed in 2015 by the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition. The purpose of this analysis was to quantify the cumulative, historical economic contributions of community forests to rural communities in BC.

Community Forests — Community Benefits: The Economic Contributions of Community Forests to Rural Communities​