Commonwealth NGOs
related to forestry

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bullet2 The Ecoforestry Institute Society

P.O. Box 5070 Station B

Victoria, BC V8R 6N3




Type:  NGO   

Scope:  national   

Interest in Forestry:  central


The Ecoforestry Institute Society is dedicated to promoting ecologically, socially and economically responsible forest use that maintains and restores the complexity and diversity of our forests.

The Ecoforestry Institute Society believes that ecoforestry is the science of preserving fully intact forest ecosystems while providing for appropriate levels of commercial timber extraction. It is adaptable to the inclusion of ecological, cultural, heritage, scenic, recreational, wildlife and fisheries objectives within the value set identified for mitigation or maintenance.

Ecoforestry principles and methods may provide new opportunities for economic entitlement and low impact timber utilization on some or all of the timber lands throughout the province. [But specifically in the identified Special Management Zones. These zones have been established to perpetuate one or more non-timber values which may be compromised as a result of conventional timber harvesting practices.]

An innovative forest practice is one which produces high quality results in the forest and to supply high quality timber for the value added sector of the forest industry. This opportunity has arisen because recent initiatives in provincial forest policy are changing the way we manage our forests. The Ecoforestry Institute Society believes that with the world economy rapidly changing the future will be most secure and prosperous by innovative forest practices that manage for both healthy productive ecologically complex forests and production of high value added products by a workforce of highly qualified forest workers.

The Ecoforestry Institute Society wishes to play a lead role in developing and implementing these new forestry practices. British Columbians now have an unparalleled opportunity to use their creativity and ingenuity to not only practice a sense of renewed stewardship but also to provide additional social and economic benefits by improved on the ground and in the mill results. A key purpose of the Ecoforestry Institute is to accelerate the learning curve of forest managers and the general public by creating learning sites to improve the understanding and the skills required to develop design, test and implement new ways of extracting value from our forests while maintaining ecological integrity, creating economic opportunity and promoting community vitality.