Maintaining Ecosystem Health, Resilience and Benefits over the Centuries
The CFGP recognizes that the benefits we wish to receive from the Community Forest, both for ourselves and especially for future generations, will only flow from a healthy and self-sustaining forest ecosystem.
Operational Planning and Data Use
Getting it Right – Having Accurate Data and Using It
The CFGP recognizes that good forest management depends on a deep understanding of the actual forest, its history, and its current use by the residents of Cortes Island, as well as a commitment to best forestry practices currently in use and ongoing investigation into newly developing practices for a changing world.
Local Employment and Business Initiatives
Supporting Local Economy
The Community Forest tenure on Cortes Island and the annual harvest of increasing quality timber enables existing and new entrepreneurs to develop businesses that will benefit themselves and the community over time.
Telling the Cortes Community Forest Story
Through education and positive promotion of our sustainable community forest management, CFGP nurtures pride in the Cortes Community Forest endeavor and contributes to better forest management.
Communication and Community Engagement
Keeping the Community in the Community Forest
The CFGP fosters community engagement that is transparent, interactive, and on-going while insuring full public access to relevant information necessary to make informed decisions.