Report and Information Journal Series about
Community Watersheds in British Columbia


The "Community Forest" Trojan Horse -
The Sunshine Coast Community Forest Proposal and
Probationary License in Two Watershed Reserves -
A Case History (2003 - 2008)

By Will Koop, May 20, 2008.

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For readers wishing to make a quick summary read of this report, a copy of the title page, table of contents, two page introduction and the two page conclusion are available.

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Excerpt from the Conclusion:

Given the background information about the facts presented in this case history study, and the long-held public opposition to logging in the two community watersheds, there are important questions that need to be raised about the Sunshine Coast community forest tenure. One of them should ask what the ultimate objective for including the community watersheds were – was it a goal to possibly prevent another precedent from occurring to protect drinking watersheds in general? Was the community forest tenure being used much like a Trojan Horse to help ambush and divide the Sunshine Coast Regional District community and the larger provincial community forest context on the protection of community watersheds?

With the two Watershed Reserves now held in abeyance, or off-limits, as a result of the Sechelt Indian Band’s Interim Measures, whither does the Sunshine Coast community forest go to from here? Unfortunately, the Sunshine Coast “community” has learned something very important, that it cannot trust its community forest directors and sponsors. What should happen, as opposed to what probably will, is that the community forest process should start afresh, with a new application process and foundation, with different directors, with proper public involvement and disclosure, and the end of secret community forest Board meetings. It is a struggle perhaps worth fighting for.



This copy of an article which appeared in the North Shore News on July 12, 1995 helped launch the first publication (only in a series of 2) of Watershed Intelligence. As a self-funded journal, co-authors and co-editors Ross Muirhead and Will Koop with Friends of the Watersheds helped bring about a much needed forum to educate the Metro-Vancouver public and its elected representatives on the state of the Greater Vancouver watersheds and their administrative management controversies. In the spirit of this former enterprise, this journal has been resurrected by B.C. Tap Water Alliance Coordinator Will Koop to help fill an important niche, now aimed at a provincial level and audience.