Benefits of Community Forestry
Community forestry needs vary from community to community. The benefits are better achieved when each community forest properly identifies their specific unique values and priorities.
Many of the benefits could include:
- Long-term community economic development.
- Employment for community members in a rural area.
- Decisions made at a local-level that leads to making locally. appropriate decisions. Also improves incentives to consider long-term benefits of sustainable management.
- Protection of watersheds, landscapes and other values.
- Enhanced forest recreation, education and research opportunities.
- Community awareness of forest management among members of the public.
Many community forest programs now exist around British Columbia and are demonstrating their individual abilities to manage local resources to meet varying local needs.