Forestry

While forestry remains an important industry in British Columbia, its evolution, driven by a number of factors including technological change and industry consolidation has led to an overall drop in sector employment, and economic hardship in many rural BC communities traditionally highly dependent on forestry operations for tax revenues and employment. While there are no easy fixes, the emergence of Community Forests — locally owned and controlled forest tenures — may prove at least a partial solution for communities looking to stimulate economic activity and exert more control over their immediate environments.