The Cortes Island Community Forest
In August 2013 the Minister of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations issued a Community Forest Agreement (CFA) for approximately 3,869 hectares of crown land on Cortes Island to the Cortes Forestry General Partnership (CFGP).
The CFGP is an equal partnership between the Klahoose Forestry No. 2 Limited Partnership, and the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative. These two entities are in turn directly responsible to their constituent memberships.
In early 2014, the CFGP initiated a community based planning process to identify and document the values of the Cortes Island community as they relate to the CFA. Completed in July 2014, the Community Forest Operating Plan (CFOP) expresses the management philosophy by which the CFGP intends to manage the CFA. The CFOP is available for download here.
The Cortes Island CFA is spread out across the island and encompasses approximately 35% of the island and includes a wide range of ecosystems and forest age classes. Cortes Island is located in the Discovery Islands, and is part of the Sunshine Coast Forest District. See the map section for a selections of maps of the Cortes CFA.
The Cortes Forestry General Partnership (CFGP) is an equal partnership between the Klahoose Forestry N0 2 Limited Partnership (KF2LP) and the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative (CCFC) committed to building a resilient and vibrant world-class community-based forestry operation on Cortes Island.
The CFGP exists to be a successful forestry business known for the quality of its timber and its eco-system based forest stewardship.
The CFGP values:
- long term sustainability of the forest ecosystem;
- financial viability of the community forest (CF) undertaking;
- the balancing of the community’s economic and social objectives with forest sustainability;
- the management of recreational trails and forest roads in consultation with recreational user groups and the community;
- identification and appropriate management of important natural features and their surroundings;
- identification and special management of environmentally sensitive areas;
- timber harvesting and entrepreneurship that invests in value-added manufacturing;
- biodiversity, hydrological functions, wildlife habitat, recreational and visual quality;
- non-timber resources for tourism and recreation;
- innovation in all aspects of CFA management;
- the promoting of safe work practices