Canadian Forest Service Publications

"This is Paradise": Community Sustainability Indicators for the Western Newfoundland Model Forest. 2002. den Otter, M.A.; Beckley, T.M. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Atlantic Forestry Centre, Fredericton, NB. Information Report M-X-216E. 53 p. (includes: bibliography).

Year: 2002

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 21476

Language: English

Series: Information Report (AFC - Fredericton)

Availability: PDF (download)

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This report monitors community sustainability in the Western Newfoundland Model Forest. Specific focus is placed on the communities of Corner Brook, Pasadena, Lark Harbour, and Rocky Harbour as these are representative of the region's community types. Two different social indicator approaches are used: objective measures in the form of Canadian census data, and subjective measures from personal interviews with community residents. The objective measures suggest that socio-economic conditions are difficult in western Newfoundland in comparison with the rest of the nation. Rates of unemployment are high, incomes are low, and many families live below the poverty line. The subjective assessment presents a contrasting picture to the objective indicators. Many people are committed to the region and seek ways to supplement incomes and make a living from a variety of sources. Although there has been some population loss in outlying communities in recent decades, many are apparently willing to trade off income and income-earning potential for other aspects of quality of life they feel are unique to the region. Newfoundlanders in this study area appear strongly attached to place and this attachment will factor significantly in the future sustainability of the region and the communities that comprise it.