Community forestry in Canada has taken root over the past three decades. Locally run forestry initiatives have been hailed as welcome alternatives to large corporate and industrial logging practices, yet little research has been done to document their tangible outcomes or draw connections between their ideals of local control, community benefit, ecological stewardship, and economic diversification, and the realities of forestry practice.
Community Forestry in Canada (UBC Press 2016) brings together the work of over twenty-five researchers to provide the first comparative and empirically rich portrait of policy and practice in Canada. Tackling all of the forestry regions from Newfoundland to BC, it unearths the history of community forestry, revealing surprisingly strong regional differences linked to patterns of policy-making and cultural traditions. Case studies celebrate innovative practices in governance and ecological management while uncovering significant challenges related to government support and market access. The future of the industry is also considered, including the role of institutional reform, multi-scale networks, and adaptive management strategies.
The book’s editor is Sara Teitelbaum, an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Montreal. Her work has been published in numerous journals including Forest Policy and Economics and the Journal of Environmental Management.
In this podcast, Professor Teitelbaum touches on topics ranging from the origins of community-based forestry in this country, to how BC fits into the national picture, to what makes community forests unique.
Click here for a podcast featuring an interview with Professor Sara Teitelbaum.