The Ecoforestry Institute Society

Our Vision:

We envision a future where the principles of ecologically sustainable forestry are the foundation for all forest policy and practice.

Mission:

The mission of the Ecoforestry Institute Society is to foster the development of a forest management system which values, protects and promotes ecological integrity, community vitality and economic opportunity.

The Ecoforestry Institute believes that ecoforestry is a practice that preserves fully intact forest ecosystems while providing for ecologically appropriate levels of harvest. It is adaptable to the inclusion of ecological, cultural, heritage, scenic, recreational, wildlife and fisheries values and objectives.

We believe:

• That all life deserves respect and room to thrive.

• That the current direction of industrial forestry is ultimately destructive and the application of ecoforestry principles to forest management will allow communities, economies and ecosystems to thrive.

• In a whole system approach to forestry – one that maintains structure, function and composition of forest ecosystems across scope, scale and time.

• In fostering a network of information sharing, understanding and practical application of ecoforestry principles – accessible to the public, First Nations, practitioners and youth.

• In humility, the wisdom of elders, a positive approach to change, learning and adapting from experience, and respect for nature.

• In maintaining a collective memory of sustainable forestry practices and making that information available to future generations.

• That we need to fundamentally change the way in which forests are managed, learning from past experiences and wisdom.

• In fostering ecologically sustainable forestry, recognizing that all economies and communities are ultimately based on the natural world.

Definition:

Ecoforestry is a forestry stewardship system (or a suite of forestry stewardship systems) which manages human activities such that ecological integrity is maintained.

Forests have intrinsic value and much can be learned from them and about them by observation. They can provide us and all species with a wide range of products and services in perpetuity. Human use and interaction must therefore be characterized by respect, humility and precaution.