Rooted in local knowledge: How BC’s community forests are advancing climate resilience

With the increasing frequency of wildfires and other natural disasters, community forests are paving a path to climate resiliency led by locals

Why It Matters

As push for localization remains a big conversation in the social impact sector, Canada’s community forests serve as an example of harnessing local knowledge — and how that knowledge can strengthen and protect local communities.

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Between mountains, steep valleys, dense forests, and blue lakes in the Kootenay region of British Columbia are the communities of Harrop and Procter. With a long history of environmental activism, the Harrop-Procter Community Cooperative (HPCC) is an integral part of the area through forestry management, wildfire mitigation, and local job creation. 

Community forests are essentially when a locally-led community organization leads forestry management and makes environmental decisions in the surrounding area. They often rely on provincial funding to carry out projects.

Harrop-Procter’s community forest w

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