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  • Silva Forest Foundation - Awards
    that year from leaders of British Columbia s Nisga a Tribal Council who were seeking help to prepare a report about what they considered mismanagement of their land in the Nass River Valley put that goal within reach Welcomed by First Nations people and empowered by their sense of patience and respect for the land Hammond began to chart a new course for managing a forest ecosystem I learned to focus on what to leave in the forest not what to take he says Today Hammond s Silva Forest Foundation SFF which is based in the Slocan Valley is at the forefront of ecosystem based conservation and stewardship in Canada Renowned for its practical planning empowering workshops and public outreach programs the SFF works with First Nations and rural communities to show them socially and economically viable options for ecosystem protection and use Hammond believes that the people who live close to an ecosystem are the ones equipped to make the right choices about its care As a result community control is vital You don t build an economy from the top down he explains You build it from the bottom up incorporating diversity like an ecosystem itself Healthy local

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  • Silva Forest Foundation - Definition and Principles
    words ecosystem based conservation planning provides a picture of the ecological framework that is necessary to protect and the ecological limits within which human uses need to be carried out in order to be sustainable Major goal important underpinnings The major goal of ecosystem based conservation planning is first to protect maintain and where necessary restore fully functioning ecosystems at all spatial and temporal scales and then to design human activities that fit within those constraints Ecosystem based conservation planning seeks to identify and understand the important ecological characteristics of a landscape or region and then to design plans to guide the development of ecologically responsible human activities This approach is based on the understanding that inappropriate human use of ecosystems and landscapes can have serious and long term negative ecological cultural social and economic impacts Ecosystem based conservation planning is also based on the understanding that ecological landscapes and patches are not static and unchanging they contain a variety of ecosystem types and successional patterns through time that are tied to natural disturbance regimes Natural changes diversify and maintain ecosystem composition structure and function at all scales are unpredictable in frequency and character and focus on sustaining the whole not on producing any one part In other words change due to succession and natural disturbance is part of natural ecosystem functioning Natural patterns of ecological succession and disturbance interact in unpredictable ways that sustain ecosystem functioning and provide a diverse range of habitat for plants animals and other organisms Principles of Ecosystem based Conservation Planning Focus on what to protect then on what to use Recognize the hierarchical relationship between ecosystems cultures and economies Apply the precautionary principle to all plans and activities Protect maintain and where necessary restore ecological connectivity and the full range of composition structure and

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  • Silva Forest Foundation - Process
    to ensure that ecological processes are maintained throughout the region as planning proceeds to landscapes of multiple watersheds to individual watersheds and eventually to patches or individual ecosystem types Silva develops ecosystem based conservation plans so that the protected networks of ecosystems designed at each scale nest within those designed for larger areas This approach not only provides for the most effective way to protect ecosystem health and biodiversity but

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  • Silva Forest Foundation - Project Summaries
    the future Working with Jim Smith the forester for the community forest the Silva Forest Foundation prepared initial ecosystem based mapping that defines a Protected Landscape Network composed of biodiversity nodes and ecological reserves as well as areas that are potentially available for timber management Fraser Headwaters Proposed Conservation Plan 2001 Summary Working with the Fraser Headwaters Alliance a non profit grassroots conservation organization based in the Robson Valley the Silva Forest Foundation prepared landscape level ecosystem based mapping for 1 3 million hectares 13 000 square km in east central British Columbia close to the BC Alberta border The study area runs approximately parallel to the Rocky Mountain Trench stretching from Valemount in the southeast to Sinclair Mills in the northwest and from the height of land in the Rocky Mountains down across the Rocky Mountain trench and up to the height of land in the Columbia Mountains The Fraser Headwaters Alliance continues to work towards protecting portions of the Robson Valley particularly the upper reaches of the Goat River watershed where conventional logging has now begun and towards ecologically responsible forest use in areas which do not require full protection Horsey Creek 1999 Summary The Silva Forest Foundation produced this plan for the Dunster Community Association and the Fraser Headwaters Alliance The goal of the analysis and the purpose of the report and the accompanying maps is to provide practical information to local residents and groups who wish to protect maintain and plan for the ecologically sustainable use of the forests and waters that occupy this part of the Fraser River Headwaters The plan is part of an ongoing project to develop and implement ecosystem based mapping for the entire Robson Valley Harrop Procter Watersheds 1999 Summary This plan was completed for the Harrop Procter Watershed Protection Society

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  • Silva Forest Foundation - Community & Appreciative Inquiry
    that participate with Silva in an ecosystem based planning process need to have a significant constituency a clear means of regularly communicating with their constituency and a clear means of being held accountable to their constituency and to the broader community All participating interests need to be comfortable with the philosophy and principles of an ecosystem based approach to planning The mapping and information resulting from ecosystem based conservation planning can be used in many ways depending on the goals of each community Across Canada communities are using ecosystem based planning to Establish large landscape level protected areas and ecological core reserves and broad linkages or connecting corridors Establish watershed level ecological reserves and linkages Obtain and operate a community forest agreement tenure Negotiate accommodation of aboriginal title and rights Support legal actions related to aboriginal title and rights Protect traditional and contemporary cultural uses of the land Combine traditional use information with ecological information Participate effectively in land use planning processes Create bylaws regulating activities on private forest land Revise Official Community Plans Educate the public government and industry Evaluate industry plans Pressure timber and mining companies to adopt ecosystem based approaches Provide the cornerstone of long term planning for the protection and use of the land and water Design ecosystem based logging operations in woodlots and community forests Protect water quality quantity and timing of flow Protect wildlife habitat Develop diversified short term and long term economic opportunities Bring together people with diverse viewpoints Train people in the community to implement the ecosystem based plan Build relationships between aboriginal and non aboriginal people in the community Include all voices in the community in the planning process Appreciative Inquiry Community members envisioning the future using Appreciative Inquiry People in communities or groups of any kind often find themselves bogged

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  • Silva Forest Foundation - GIS & Mapping
    spatial features interact and relate for a skilled user to answer complex questions about land and resources which were previously unanswerable due to funding and time limitations GIS is an excellent tool for analysis and landscape planning The investment in developing an accurate practical GIS database yields flexibility and depth of ecological and economic interpretations that were not previously possible However acquiring and organizing data in a GIS is time consuming and in depth analysis requires a skilled GIS technician Thus many communities may find developing GIS analysis and mapping to be a daunting proposition Silva provides GIS services in our EBCP projects and will also train local GIS technicians in skills useful in EBCP projects Under the guidance of a skilled user the power of GIS is its ability to answer important questions about landscape ecology patterns and processes and resource use patterns and impacts but only after acquiring and organizing large amounts of data GIS enhanced ecosystem based conservation planning is particularly important where divergent interests and values need to be considered In such situations ecosystem based conservation planning defines the ecosystem composition structure and function that are required to maintain short and long term ecosystem functioning at

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  • Silva Forest Foundation - Workshops
    needs the costs involved and to schedule a workshop in your community Since 1994 SFF has delivered customized ecosystem based conservation planning workshops or ecological restoration workshops to a wide variety of organizations including University of British Columbia Kelowna Xeni Gwet in First Nation British Columbia Gitskan Hereditary Chiefs British Columbia Innu Nation Labrador Gwich in Nation Inuvik Shawnigan Lake community British Columbia Haida Gwaii community British Columbia Cariboo Horseloggers

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  • Silva Forest Foundation - Past Workshops
    ecological ecosystem based planning to North Central Saskatchewan land use planning table LaRonge SK Taiga Rescue Network International Boreal Forest Conference in Winnipeg MB Silva s international interns orientation workshop at the Silva School near Salmo BC 2001 Introduction to ecosystem based planning workshop with instructors Herb and Susan Hammond at Hollyhock Cortes Island BC Presentation on ecosystem based planning to graduate students in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Oregon Eugene Oregon Training for potential forest management certifiers under the FSC system New Brunswick Nova Scotia Certification workshops on SFF s FSC accredited standards in Kamloops Prince George and Nanaimo BC Silva s international interns orientation workshop at the Silva School near Salmo BC Presentation on the importance of old growth forests at the Ancient Forests Conference Vancouver BC Presentation on SFF s ecosystem based forest management certification at the Certification Forum Victoria BC 2000 Forest Watch of British Columbia workshop on ecosystem based monitoring of timber company operations at the Silva School near Salmo BC1 Silva s international interns orientation workshop at the Silva School near Salmo BC Presentation on SFF s ecosystem based forest management certification to the Certification Forum in Victoria and Vancouver BC 1999 Training for BC certifiers in SFF s FSC accredited ecosystem based forest management standards at the Silva School near Salmo BC Workshop for Russian foresters on ecosystem based forestry at the Silva School near Salmo BC Presentation on forest ecology and ecosystem based planning to FLOW conference in New Denver BC Presentations on ecosystem based forest management certification throughout BC 1998 Ecologically Responsible Timber Management at the Stand Level with instructors Dean Berg and Herb Hammond at the Silva School near Salmo BC Introduction to ecosystem based planning workshop with instructor Herb Hammond Inuvik Northwest Territories Introduction to ecosystem based planning with instructor Herb Hammond Whitehorse Yukon Ecosystem based planning for horse loggers with instructor Herb Hammond Quesnel BC 1997 Ecological Economics with instructors Tom Green and Herb Hammond Victoria BC Ecosystem based landscape level planning workshop with instructor Herb Hammond Haida Gwaii Ecosystem based stand level management workshop with instructor Herb Hammond Skidegate and field locations Haida Gwaii Practical Forest Hydrology workshop with instructor Allen Isaacson Nelson BC Ecologically Responsible Timber Management Module 2 workshop with instructors Herb Hammond Dean Berg and Jim Smith at the Silva School near Salmo BC Presentations on forest ecology and ecosystem based planning at various locations in Germany and in Brussels Belgium Community presentations in Concrete Washington Denman Island BC Quadra Island BC Libby Montana and Grand Forks BC Presentation on forest ecology and ecosystem based planning to Selkirk College forestry students Castlegar BC Presentation on forest ecology and ecosystem based planning to the forestry committee of the Pulp Paper and Woodworkers of Canada Vancouver BC Workshop on forest ecology and ecosystem based planning with Earth Matters Nelson BC 1996 Presentation on boreal forest ecology and ecosystem based conservation planning at the Taiga Rescue Network conference Kuusamo Finland Ecological Economics workshop with

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