Policies for Sustainably Managing Canada’s Forests
228 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jul 2012
Release Date:15 Sep 2011
Release Date:15 Sep 2011

Policies for Sustainably Managing Canada’s Forests

Tenure, Stumpage Fees, and Forest Practices

UBC Press

Of Canada’s 402 million hectares of forestland, more than three quarters are provincially owned. Provincial forest policies are thus crucial for encouraging sustainable management of the nation's forests as well as for promoting success in Canada's wood-product manufacturing sector. Forest tenures, which allow private companies to manage public forest resources, are the key policy tool that provinces use to balance the requirements of sustainable management with the economic concerns of the forest industry.

Policies for Sustainably Managing Canada's Forests provides forest managers, policy-makers, scholars, and students with the information and concepts to critically examine Canada’s complex forest tenure systems. The authors, all experts on forest tenure, examine tenure arrangements, stumpage fees and other forest practices to assess how well different provincial schemes achieve the goals of sustainable forest management. They identify essential policy attributes that could be used to guide tenure reform, consider potential barriers that could prevent meaningful change, and offer practical means of overcoming these obstacles.

By providing an up-to-date comparative examination of contemporary provincial forestry policies, this volume addresses a pressing need for information about the strengths and weaknesses of various forest tenure policies. It will be an indispensable tool for shaping future sustainable forest management.

This important book will appeal to those interested in the structure of forest policies, including senior undergraduate and graduate students, members of the forest industry and forestry profession, and government practitioners.

This book fills a substantial gap in the literature on forest policy in Canada with its stress on the importance of trade-offs among the economic, social, and ecological elements of sustainable forest management (SFM). It also provides an excellent discussion of how the dimensions of forestry property rights conveyed by different tenures can affect SFM. Jeremy Rayner, Professor and Centennial Research Chair, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

Martin K. Luckert is a professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. David Haley is a professor emeritus in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia. George Hoberg is a professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia.


1 The Rise of Sustainable Forest Management and Trends in Forest Sector Governance

2 A General Framework for a Comparative Analysis of Canadian Crown Forest Tenures

3 Crown Forest Tenures in Canada

4 Regulating for Sustainable Forest Management: Interprovincial Comparison of Forest Planning and Practice Requirements

5 Interprovincial Comparison of Crown Stumpage Fee Systems

6 In Search of Forest Tenures for Sustainable Forest Management Appendix: References for Details on Canadian Crown Forest Tenure Characteristics, Forest Practices Regulations, and Stumpage Systems by Province

Notes; References; Index

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