Forest Communities Program
Canada's forest sector and forest-dependent communities are facing unprecedented challenges. The forest sector is dealing with issues such as rising energy costs, a strong Canadian dollar, new international competition and reduced timber supplies. Communities that depend on the forest sector are feeling the cumulative impact of these challenges. The new Forest Communities Program (FCP) will help these communities develop the tools, approaches and strategies that they need to respond to the new challenges facing Canada's forest sector.
The FCP has four main objectives:
- develop new forest-based economic opportunities through collaboration with industry and other community stakeholders;
- facilitate capacity-building and engagement of communities to meet sector transition issues;
- promote and share integrated, multi-sectoral approaches to forestland management; and
- share best practices and information tools with forest communities across Canada and internationally.
For more information on the Forest Communities Program visit the Canadian Forest Service website at: http://www.cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/index/fcpgm