Ecosystem Based Forestry

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.

Overview of Ecosystem Based Forest Planning
Summary compiled for the Cortes Community Forest Co-operative Membership by David Shipway, based on information provided by the Silva Forest Foundation and the BC Ministry of Environment, February 2012

The Scientific Basis for Ecosystem-Based Management
The Coast Information Team (CIT) was established to provide independent information for the central and north coasts of British Columbia and Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands using the best available scientific, technical, traditional and local knowledge. The CIT was established by the Provincial Government of British Columbia, First Nations, environmental groups, the forest industry, and communities. It is led by a management committee consisting of representatives of these bodies; and is funded by the Provincial Government, the environmental groups and forest products companies, and the Federal Government of Canada. The technical team comprises nine project teams consisting of scientists, practitioners, and traditional and local experts. CIT information and analyses, which include this CIT Scientific Basis of Ecosystem-Based Management, are intended to assist First Nations and the three ongoing sub-regional planning processes to make decisions that will achieve ecosystem-based management (as per the April 4th 2001 Coastal First Nations—Government Protocol and the CCLRMP Interim Agreement).Intro and Link to Coast Info team

Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory
The Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory for Cortes Island was mapping conducted by Federal and BC Environment Ministries, as part of a larger Sunshine Coast SEI project, in collaboration with Regional Districts and Forest Licensees. The methodology used in landscape analysis is complementary to previous work done by CES, Klahoose and Silva, and can therefore help determine an ecologically-operable landbase for a Community Forest Agreement. This mapping needs further ground-truthing, but also contains a summary description of the goals and recommendations of the SEI, plus some numerical analysis of the Cortes CFA landbase using current SEI data.
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