our purpose is to ensure the viability of community forest initiatives, to provide education on community forestry issues and to practice forestry as a strategy for ecosystem resilience and community economic development
Creating a legacy for our citizens by being exceptional stewards of our forest by balancing the environmental, economic, and social aspirations of the community.
The Sunshine Coast Community Forest is committed to being a leader in ecosystem-based management, and to steward our tenure in a sustainable, respectful manner that advances all our communities
The Community Forest provides an opportunity to sustainably harvest local timber according to the values and needs in the community. This includes recreation, environmental sustainability, business, education, and employment opportunities.
The proceeds from timber sales go back into the community in a variety of ways including community donations and sponsorships, enhancing recreational opportunities by funding trail building and habitat restoration, and Legacy Fund grants.
Board of Directors
Our volunteer Board of Directors is made up of local Sunshine Coast residents with a broad range of knowledge and interests. They are active members of our community, and many of them are involved with other community groups through participation, volunteerism, and leadership roles. Common interests among those who seek involvement with the Community Forest include: outdoor recreation, promoting biodiversity and resilient ecosystems, supporting our community through economic opportunity, and providing a locally grown sustainable wood supply.
Meet the Board
Directors seeking appointment should be prepared to serve for a 2 year term. Many Directors go on to serve additional terms. All Directors are required to attend at least eight meetings each year, to participate on at least one Committee and to comply with our Code of Conduct.
Directors are appointed at our Annual General Meeting held each spring. In March each year, we advertise that we are seeking Directors, and receive applications from interested parties. These applications are reviewed by our Nominations Committee with special consideration for areas of expertise desired on the Board, such as ecology, communications, and accounting. The Nominations Committee makes recommendations to the Board, and the Board makes recommendations to our shareholder, the District of Sechelt. After considering the recommendations, the District of Sechelt makes the decision to appoint the next Directors in the form of a motion at our Annual General Meeting. This process can take two to three months.
The District of Sechelt is the only shareholder of the Community Forest, and it is a completely separate organization operating at an arm’s length. The influence the shareholder can have over the organization is limited to deciding who they appoint to lead it, making Director appointments a very important decision.