Community Initiatives in B.C. Forests: A Bioregional Perspective
Departments: Canadian Studies and Environmental Studies
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The complex issues surrounding forest use in British Columbia are the focus of this paper. The role of governments and industry over the years is outlined, followed by a look at the rise of community-based initiatives which present an alternative, more environmental perspective. The union of ecology and economy which these community groups propose has much in common with bioregionalism and the paper presents an analysis of these initiatives in that context. The issues of stewardship and "living-in-place" in the management of natural resources are discussed. Recognizing that there is no simple solution, the paper concludes with suggestions for a cooperative approach to forest management in B.C.