Building Resilient Communities Through
Community-Based Forest Management

January 16-18, 2013, Algoma’s Water Tower Inn,  Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

This conference is about community-based forest management (CBFM) research, practice and policy to promote resilience in forest-based communities. The conference will: 1) provide a forum for the advancement of CBFM as a new forest management model in Canada and 2) spearhead the formation of a pan-Canadian CBFM network of research, practice and knowledge mobilization.

Important update:  For those people signed up for the pre-conference tours, we are now meeting at the Water Tower Inn Atrium for departure on the bus at 12:30 PM, on Wednesday, January 16th.  Conference registration will also be available in this location from 11:30-1:00

Registration Fee: $120 (meals and banquet included)
Download: Conference Program

Download: Travel Subsidy for Community Representatives

Download: Call for Student Poster Presentations

Download: Conference Announcement

Download: Pre-Conference Tour Information

Download: Conference Poster

Intended Participants: CBFM practitioners and researchers, students, environmental NGOs, First Nations and Métis,
unions, forest industry and government representatives, and the general public with an interest in CBFM.

Program Format: Formal presentations by a government representative, researchers and practitioners and interactive discussions, including a “talking circle” to share experiences about CBFM. The conference will be live streamed and electronically archived.

Book Launch: Jan. 16: Ryan Bullock and Kevin Hanna’s Community Forestry: Local Values, Conflict and Forest
Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Pre-Conference Tour: Jan. 16, Sault Ste Marie: Government forest research facilities and celebration of Shingwauk,
Anishinaabe Chief and signatory to the 1850 Robinson-Huron Treaty.

Travel Subsidies: Available for a limited number of community representatives. Please inquire about applying.
Graduate Student Funding: Available for eligible graduate students undertaking research related to community-based
forest management, based on application that includes abstract of poster. Please inquire about applying.

Partners: B.C. Community Forest Association, the Canadian Environmental Network, Northwatch, the Northeast
Superior Regional Chiefs Forum, the Northeast Superior Forest Community, the Towns of Atikokan and Nipigon and the
Hearst Economic Development Corporation, University of Saskatchewan.

Sponsors: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Algoma University, Lakehead University Faculty of Natural Resources Management. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact the organizers. Your sponsorship can support student and community delegate travel, host a meal or provide subsidies for a planned field trip. All sponsors will be acknowledged in the final program.


Post Conference Updates

Thank you to all who participated in the “Building Resilient Communities Through Community-Based Forest Management” conference in Sault Ste. Marie. Check back here for speaker presentations and post-conference updates. Also “like” us on Facebook at “Community Forests Conference 2013” to join in the dialogue.

Check out the newly created Community Forests Canada website for information about community forestry in Canada, and updates about the newly formed national network

Speaker Presentations:

Sara Teitelbaum: Overview of Community Forests in Canada

Shashi Kant: Provision of Ecosystem Services: For Communities and By Communities (Lessons from First Nations)

Evelyn Pinkerton: Evaluating Municipally-Owned Corporations as Community Forests Governance Structures

Susan Mulkey: British Columbia Community Forest Association; local people; local forests; local decisions

Erik Leslie: Harrop-Procter Community Forest; Ideals into action

Jesse Ribot: Democratic Decentralization?

Jean Arnold: Community Forestry: Our Vision and Plan for Western New Brunswick

David Robinson: The Economics of Community Forestry

Melvin Cruz: Building Networks to Support Community Forestry; The Experience of MaderaVerde in the North Coast of Honduras

Leigh Colpitts: Forest Tenure Modernization in Ontario

Geoff Quaile: Cree-Québec Forest Board; 10 Years Out


Student Posters

D’Arcy Davis-Case The Resilient Politics of Community Forestry

Dan Duckert Creating a space to speak: Developing a community-based communication strategy of First Nation values and world view related to community well-being and resource development

Denise Golden Collaborative Research on Climate Change in Ontario’s Northern Boreal Forest: First Nation Engagement and Perspectives

Krish Homagain Carbon Friendly Communities through Biochar-based Bioenergy System in Northern Ontario

Brendon Johnson  First Nation Perceptions of Renewable Energy Initiatives and Economic Development in Northern Ontario

Mariko Molander  Between Then and Now: A Genealogy of Community-Based Tenures in Relation to the Self-Determination of First Nations in BC

Molly Moshofsky Keeping up with Climate Change; Identifying the Range of Acceptable Human Interventions in Forested Ecosystems

Lynn Palmer  Enabling Community-based Forest Management in Northern Ontario

Chander Shahi et al.  Understanding Human Behaviour in Community Based Forest Management: Experimental Economics Approach from India

Monika Singh Reflecting why Gender Matters in Community Forestry Programs

Dmitry Tarasov Comparative analysis of wood pellet parameters: Canadian case study


Download resources that were available at the conference:

Community Forestry Pamphlet 


Ode to the Lorax  A poem by Dr. Jesse Ribot

Press Release: NOSCP 29 janvier, 2013 Réseau Politique Formé À La Conférence De Forestrie Communautaire 

Press Release: NOSCP January 28, 2013: Policy Network Formed at Community Forestry Conference

Participant List

Given the high level of interest from a wide range of representatives from across Canada, we are pleased to be offering a list of all conference participants. Click here to download.



 April 6, 2013 A BC Forest Policy for the 21st Century


Check back for more photos to be added!

Pre-Conference Tours- Wednesday, January 16

Book Launch- Community Forestry: Local Conflict, Values and Forest Governance with co-author Ryan Bullock

Main Conference Album 1

Main conference Album 2

Main Conference Album 3

Student Posters and Display Booths

Banquet at Bushplane Museum