In community forestry, forest-related activities and management are governed in some way by the community. Community forests have four things in common:
•There is local control by people who live in the community, •Direct benefits are created for the community according to the community's priorities, •They manage for multiple values (e.g. sustainable forestry harvesting, recreation, eco-tourism, carbon storage, hunting and fishing, and non-timber forest products), and •They manage the forest sustainably for the long-term.
There are at least 120 community forests in Canada each with its own unique components, reflecting community values.
A group including foresters, woodlot owners, recreation groups, environmental groups, and other partners is working towards creating a community forest called the “Medway Community Forest Co-operative”. The group will submit a proposal to NS’s Department of Natural Resources in time for a January 31st deadline for expressions of interest in community forests.
THE FIRST PUBLIC MEETING FOR THE MEDWAY COMMUNITY FOREST CO-OPERATIVE WILL BE ON MONDAY JANUARY 21st, 2013 AT 7PM AT THE CALEDONIA MASONIC LODGE – All are welcome!