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Community Forests: A Tenure Reform Option for Community Sustainability

The Northern Ontario Sustainable Communities Partnership is an inclusive ad hoc group that came together in a proactive initiative in November 2006 in response to the forest industry crisis in northern Ontario. NOSCP sees the current crisis in the industry as an opportunity to re-evaluate the structure of the current forest sector in Ontario and to focus on solutions to achieve long-term sustainability for forest ecosystems and communities in Northern Ontario.

Workshop objectives:

  1. inform participants about how access to public forest resources and the forest tenure system affect community and ecosystem sustainability;
  2. create a productive dialogue with key stakeholders and Aboriginal peoples from throughout northern Ontario about how to create a new and improved forest-based community development paradigm that provides communities with enhanced participation and control over how their forest lands are managed; and
  3. develop a vision for an improved tenure system in Ontario that leads to increased community and ecosystem sustainability, building on the principles of NOSCP's Community Forest Charter.

Registration Fee: $100 with a sliding scale for students and low wage earners. Lunches included. The First Nations Forestry Program is assisting with travel costs for First Nation members.

Early Sponsors: Canadian Energy and Paperworkers Union, Environment North, First Nations Forestry Program, Geraldton Community Forest. We welcome additional sponsors.

For Further Information contact Lynn Palmer, or (807)345-2475, or Peggy Smith,, (807)346-4704 or 343-8672.