The Mission Tree Farm, in the Fraser Valley of southern British Columbia, was the first community forest in Canada, and paved the way for the community forest model. This plot of 10,000 hectares (Tree Farm License #26) is managed through a partnership between municipal government, federal government, and First Nations.
This book captures the history of the Tree Farm - which has never been told before - as well as describes the benefits of community forests. It doesn't shy away from controversy, describing the challenges currently facing the tree farm, including protection of wildlife and changing recreational uses.
Fully illustrated with contemporary and archival photos and maps, The Tree Farm is the perfect way to commemorate this innovative forestry model and chart the path forward.
Michelle Rhodes, PhD, is Chair, Integrated and General Studies & Environmental Studies, and Associate Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley. Previously, she was assistant professor of Political Science and Geography at the University of Montana-Western.