The goals for the community forest are:

  • To reflect community values and respect the land.
  • To sustainably manage for all forest resources.
  • To enhance local partnerships that support forest education and an increased public understanding of forestry.
  • To operate the community forest as a viable forestry enterprise.
  • To realize socio-economic benefits such as local employment and economic activity associated with milling and manufacturing.
  • To generate revenue for economic development and community stability.

Strategic Planning – Five Strong and Integrated Pillars:

In 2018 the Standing Committee explored a Strategic Plan under the guidance of Management Plus.  The resultant pillars provide guidance to decision-makers and give indicators for monitoring progress.

  • Strong Positive Partnership
    • Have an effective and respectful Board of Directors with directors from both the City and the Williams Lake Indian Band
      • Indicator:  Level of annual satisfaction of Partners and Directors (i.e. annual survey)
  • Sustainable Forest Management
    • Ensure forest planning includes planning for all resource values
      • Indicator: # of forest management decisions made to reflect non-timber values
  • Respect for Culture and Heritage Resources
    • Identify and consider culture and heritage values in forest planning
      • Indicator:  # of educational initiatives to reflect culture and heritage values
  • Community Engagement and Education
    • Increase and support Community understanding on sustainable forest management
      • Indicator: # of community members participating in WL Community Forest events
  • Long Term Financial Sustainability
    • Ensure long-term financial viability that generates annual revenues for partners and community
      • Indicator: Annual net profits, averaged over running 5 years