On May 19th 2011, Steve Thomson, the Minister of Forests for BC, invited the Cortes Community Forest Advisory Group, on behalf of the entire community, to apply for a Community Forest Agreement (CFA) to manage the crown land (about 40% of the island) on Cortes Island in equal partnership with Klahoose First Nation.

This invitation comes after 20 years of commitment and effort on the part of individuals and organizations to secure local stewardship of our local land base. Archives of some of the work foundational to the creation of the coop are found here.

Legal Entity & Structure

The legal entity that manages the CFA is the Cortes Forestry General Partnership (CFGP). The CFGP was formed to replace the Cortes Community Forest Advisory Group, and is a 50/50 partnership between the Klahoose First Nation and the non-aboriginal community on Cortes Island.

The partners are the Cortes Community Forest Co-op (CCFC) and Klahoose Forestry No. 2 Limited Partnership (KF2LP). Both partners have invested equally and are active in governance of the Partnership as well as management of the CFA.

The CFGP has an executive committee comprised of six members, three representing KF2LP and three representing the CCFC, with all members of the executive committee having equal votes. The executive committee is appointed annually by the Partners, and will manage and administer the business activities of the CFGP.

Partnering in the management of the CFA is the primary mandate of the CCFC, as described in the memorandum of association for the CCFC.

This site is intended as a communication tool for the CCFC membership and is still under development. The CCFC board welcomes any feedback from it’s members on the content and format of this site, as well as any other ideas on how to build capacity for the CCFC. For more information on the Partnership, please visit the CFGP website at www.cortesforestrypartnership.com

CCFC Vision

The stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfill, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions, at local, national, and global levels, and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems. Read more here.

Values…  Ecosystems, Community, Balance, Cooperation

Eco-System Based Approach

  • Keep the forest living and growing
  • Stand Retention predominant
  • Respect for sensitive and significant areas

Good For the Community

  • Ongoing jobs for locals now and in the future
  • Profits reinvested in our community
  • Local processing and value-added spin offs

 Balanced and Cooperative

  • Two cultures working together with respect
  • Balance of economic and environmental values
  • Finding local solutions to local problems