Canadian Forest Service Publications

Clear cuts, conflict, and co-management: experiments in consensus forest management in northwest Saskatchewan. 1996. Beckley, T.M.; Korber, D. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-349.

Year: 1996

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 11587

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

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Controversy over the expansion of commercial forestry in northwest Saskatchewan has led to changes in forest management in that area. The decision-making framework in the NorSask Forest Management Licence Agreement (FMLA) area is evolving toward co-management. Local community members enjoy a growing role in forest management as local industry attempts to build an institutional structure for forest decision making that more effectively incorporates local views, values, and concerns. This paper describes the history of controversy over forest development and reviews relevant theory on social movements and collective action. A framework for evaluating the level or degree of co-management in northwest Saskatchewan is provided. This evaluation framework provides a snapshot of co-management at a given point in time. While co-management is not fully developed in the region, the trend toward greater local stakeholder participation in forest decision making appears positive.