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 Community Forestry Guidebook II

Published in 2012, this guidebook addresses critical governance and forest management information priorities identified by BCCFA members. The information, tools, and techniques here, relate specifically to this unique tenure, and endure over time.

The Community Forestry Guidebook II: Effective Governance and Forest Management

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​

Value Added Enterprises and Community Forests

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

Information on the details of the Community Forest Agreement tenure can be found at

Community Forests in BC Status Table

As of October 2020, there are 58 operating community forest organizations and 5 with invitations to apply, representing nearly 100 individual communities, involved at some stage of planning or operating a Community Forest Agreement.

Community Forests in BC Status Table

Safety Publications

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

Safety Responsibilities

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 licence 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 Responsibilites

Vancouver Island Safety Conference
Managing Risk—empowering good decisions

Wrap up Report including a great piece on “Health and safety with the brain in mind” BC Forest

Safety Council September 29, 2018

Vancouver Island Safety Conference Managing Risk—empowering good decisions

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?

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 Powerliness

Post Wildfire Operational Safety Bulletin

Information on additional considerations when working on land that has been affected by wildfires.

Post Wildfire Operational Safety Bulletin

Licensee Liability

What are the responsibilities regarding the safety of workers, volunteers, visitors and learners for Community Forest Agreement holders on their licence?

Licensee Liability

Are you a Supervisor?

Do you instruct, direct and control workers in the performance of their duties? If yes, then you are a supervisor.

Are you a Supervisor?

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?

Health and Safety Responsibilities of Directors and Board Members

There are also legal obligations attached to your role as a director, officer or board member of the organization (e.g. first nations, private company, municipality) that holds the tenure. There are two main sources – occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation and the Criminal Code.

Health and Safety Responsibilities of Directors and Board Members

Are you an employer?

Employer includes every person or company having under contract of hiring, written or oral, express or implied, a person engaged in work in or about an industry.

Are you an employer?

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

Know your responsibility for safety as a small licence holder

How many hats did you wear today? Did you know that as a small licence holder you have multiple responsibilities?

Know your responsibility for safety as a small licence holder

Partner Publications

When Forest Management Becomes Personal

An overview of the work of community forest managers in BC. A report to the BC Community Forest Association by Meike Siegner, UBC Faculty of Forestry, March 2019


When Forest Management Becomes Personal​

Community Forests in British Columbia: The past is prologue

For a comprehensive analysis of the development of community forestry in British Columbia we recommend this 2002 report by Dr. David Haley.

Community Forests in British Columbia: The past is prologue​

A Guide to the Assessment of Non-Timber Forest Resources on Community Forests

This guide is designed to provide community forests with the information needed to make informed decisions about the management and use of non-timber forest resources (NTFRs) in community forests.

A Guide to the Assessment of Non-Timber Forest Resources on Community Forests​

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​