The Small Business operators have cited the lack of priority given to
their needs by the Ministry of Forests to be one of the factors affecting
Very little emphasis has been placed on alternative harvesting methods or harvesting the entire profile of the forest. Money is spent to kill alder, when it could be used to develop value-added products.
During their tenure, corporate interests must become more responsive to community concerns about sustainable forest management and economic benefits.
Much of the community dialogue on forestry issues focuses on the need for more direct and effective participation in planning processes, and in the determination and implementation of administrative policies.
An efficient community-based process is required to address sustainable
forest management on the Islands and to reduce bureaucratic obstacles to
diverse local enterprises.
The various models of Community Resource Boards and our specific needs, must be examined, to define what will work best here. The process must include a commitment to implement an appropriate forest management system.
A surcharge on all round logs leaving the Islands should be levied to fund Island Community infrastructure and operational costs of a community resource board.