Community Forest Public Opinion

Introduction

 
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!

1. Before this survey, have you heard of community forests?
2. If yes, how did you hear about community forests?
3. The province recently purchased 550,000 acres of Bowater woodlands. How much do you think should be used for each of the following purposes?
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Create protected areas
Lease lands to local mills
Sell lands to private developers
Create working community forests
4. A new group to be called the "Medway Community Forest Co-operative" is working to develop a business proposal for a community forest on former Bowater lands in the Medway District. How important would these values be to you if a community forest was established in the Medway?
Bad ideaNot importantDon't knowSomewhat importantVery important
Protecting waterways for wildlife
Developing trails for skiing, cycling, and hiking
Access to the land for ATVs
Creating jobs building roads and trucking wood
Creating jobs in the woods with chainsaws and small harvesters
Co-operative marketing of wood supply for contractors and woodlot owners
Stimulating value-added industry development in the region
Creating and maintaining jobs in local sawmills
Access to the land for fishing, hunting, and trapping
Producing biomass for large scale producers e.g. electricity
Forest Stewardship Council certification
Harvesting non-timber forest products like mushrooms, berries, and fir boughs
Creating revenue to invest in community priorities
Canoeing routes
Producing biomass for small scale consumption e.g. heating
Harvesting timber forest products
Protecting special areas for old forests and species at risk
Camping with tents or RVs
5. What is your postal code?
6. Do you have suggestions about where within the Medway a community forest should be located (see map on MTRI website)?
7. Do you have suggestions about how the community forest should be governed (e.g. as a co-operative, society, within municipal government) and what groups should be represented on the board?
8. If you want to be involved or on a mailing list, please provide your name, email, and phone number.
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