Community Forestry in Canada

Lessons from Policy and Practice

Edited by Sara Teitelbaum

  • Published: 2016. Paperback April 2017
  • Subject Listing: Environmental Studies; Law
  • Bibliographic information: 416 pp., 8 maps, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

This book brings together the work of over twenty-five researchers to provide a comparative and empirically rich portrait of community-forestry policy and practice in Canada. Tackling all of the forestry regions from Newfoundland to British Columbia, it unearths the history of community forestry across the nation, demonstrating strong regional differences tied to patterns of policy-making and cultural traditions. Case studies reveal innovative practices in governance and ecological management but also uncover challenges related to government support and market access. This book also considers the future of the sector, including the role of institutional reform, multi-scale networks, and adaptive management strategies.
Sara Teitelbaum is assistant professor in sociology at the University of Montreal. Contributors: Lisa Ambus, Thomas Beckley, Ryan Bullock, Sara Carson, Guy Chiasson, Alan Diduck, Peter N. Duinker, Erin C. Kelly, Edith Leclerc, Erik Leslie, L. Kris MacLellan, Kirsten McIlveen, Solange Nadeau, Teika Newton, Bram Noble, Lynn Palmer, John R. Parkins, Evelyn Pinkerton, Maureen G. Reed, Lauren Rethoret, Michelle Rhodes, James Robson, Murray Rutherford, Chander Shahi, A. John Sinclair, Peggy Smith, and Mya Wheeler Wiens

"This comprehensive collection of essays on community forestry will be an asset not only to those working in forestry policy but indeed to anyone working in the broader fields of community-based resource management in Canada."
-Kevin Hanna, coauthor of Community Forestry: Local Values, Conflict and Forest Governance

"By bringing together many excellent scholars of community forestry and related themes, Sara Teitelbaum has created a comprehensive, analytically rich, and exciting assessment of community forestry in Canada."
-Emily Jane Davis, professor, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University

Introduction: A Shared Framework for the Analysis of Community Forestry in Canada

Part 1: Regional Portraits
1. The Roots of Community Forestry: Subsistence and Regional Development in Newfoundland / Erin C. Kelly and Sara Carson
2. Community Forestry in the Maritimes: Long-Standing Debates and Recent Developments / Thomas Beckley
3. Community Forestry in Quebec: A Search for Alternative Forest Governance Models / Solange Nadeau and Sara Teitelbaum
4. Community Forestry on Crown Land in Northern Ontario: Emerging Paradigm or Localized Anomaly? / Lynn Palmer, M.A. (Peggy) Smith and Chander Shahi
5. Forests and Communities on the Fringe: An Overview of Community Forestry in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba / John R. Parkins, Ryan Bullock, Bram Noble, and Maureen G. Reed
6. Community Forestry in British Columbia: From a Movement to an Institution / Lisa Ambus

Part 2: Case Studies: Connecting Principle and Practice
7. Community Forestry in an Age of Crisis: Structural Change, the Mountain Pine Beetle, and the Evolution of the Burns Lake Community Forest / Kirsten McIlveen and Michelle Rhodes
8. Searching for Common Ground: An Urban Forest Initiative in Northwestern Ontario / James Robson, Mya Wheeler, A. John Sinclair, Alan Diduck, M.A. (Peggy) Smith, and Teika Newton
9. Community Forestry and Local Development at the Periphery: Four Cases from Western Quebec / ƒdith Leclerc and Guy Chiasson
10. Striking the Balance: Source Water Protection and Organizational Resilience in BC's Community Forests / Lauren Rethoret, Murray Rutherford, and Evelyn Pinkerton
11. Practicing Participatory Governance through Community Forestry: A Qualitative Analysis of Four Canadian Case Studies / Sara Teitelbaum

Part 3: Community Forestry: Looking Towards the Future
12. Stronger Rights, Novel Outcomes: Why Community Forests Need More Control over Forest Management / Erik Leslie
13. Whither Community Forests in Canada? Scenarios of Forest Governance, Adaptive Policy Development, and the Example of Nova Scotia / Peter N. Duinker and L. Kris MacLellan
14. Towards an Integrated System of Communities and Forests in Canada / Ryan Bullock and Maureen G. Reed