Our forests are part of our national heritage and our national identity. They are a rich resource, fundamental to life
on our planet, and they stand between us and the extinction of many life forms, possibly our own. Treated with
care and respect, they offer immeasurable rewards, ranging from the spiritual to the material. Our forests come to
us as a legacy, to be sustained and passed on in that spirit. Ensuring that we have forests will in itself help ensure
that there are future generations.
Making it Work
This Strategy sets out in broad terms what is needed to continue the pursuit of the primary goal
that Canadians have given themselves -- sustainable forest management nationwide.
This 1998 document identifies strategic priorities that, over the next five years, will guide the
policies and actions of Canada's forest community. It applies to governments, industries,
non-government organizations, communities and concerned individuals who have an interest in
Canada's forests. This Strategy is also intended to influence and complement other national
initiatives for economic, environmental and social progress. A few examples include: Technology
Partnerships Canada, the Centers of Excellence Network, the Wildlife Policy for Canada, the
Migratory Bird Convention Act, the Canadian Biodiversity Strategy, the Whitehorse Mining
Initiative and Canada's Aboriginal Action Plan. Other natural resource-based sectors, all of which
have an impact on our forests are also invited to contribute to this Strategy's success.
Agreement on the values and vision, and acceptance of the principles and goals represent a
common starting point. As this Strategy is voluntary in nature, precisely how the objectives are
achieved is largely up to the members of Canada's forest community.
The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) will act as public trustee of the Strategy. The
signatories of the Canada Forest Accord will oversee its implementation from planning to
Individually and collectively, the signatories to the Canada Forest Accord commit themselves to
develop their own public and measurable action plans in response to the Strategy and appropriate
to their respective circumstances and capabilities and to release them by the end of 1998. They
will also encourage others in Canada's forest community to do the same, and to contribute to the Strategy's success in their own way, within their respective spheres of
activity and authority.
The collective success of Canadians in implementing this Strategy and in advancing the application of sustainable forest management will be measured and reported. As
trustee, the CCFM will ensure that progress is reviewed at its annual meetings. The Strategy will be formally evaluated by an independent third party at the mid-term and
at the end, and the results will be published.
This Strategy is intended as a guide for the entire forest community in Canada. Everyone who contributed to it has a role in making it work and is represented by the
"we" in this document.
Canada's forests are the heritage and responsibility of all Canadians.
This strategy serves as a guide in the pursuit of their goal of sustainable