Interview With Mark Lombard Contract Manager For The Cortes Forestry General Partnership

Interview With Mark Lombard Contract Manager For The Cortes Forestry General Partnership

On Saturday March 14th, the monthly Cortes Currents news/talk show featured an interview with Mark Lombard, contract manager for the Cortes Forestry General Partnership.  This podcast explores what the “Community Forest” is, and how it works.  Did you know that CFGP’s license now covers far more hectares of Cortes Island than the MMB/IT/Mosaic license? This and many other interesting details are discussed in our program (such as what “MMB” and “IT” mean). All photos taken from the Squirrel Cove cutblock Cortes Currents: De Clarke interviews Mark Lombard, Contract Manager for the Cortes Forestry General Partnership A Tradition Of Selective Woodlot Harvesting Mark Lombard is a “seventh generation logger” from a family with a long tradition of selective woodlot harvesting.  He grew up working on family woodlots.  In addition to years of hands-on experience, he also has an undergraduate degree in business finance and a graduate degree in environmental policy with a focus on climate change, energy policy, and forest policy — “specifically community forests, and capacity building for community forests.”  So the Cortes Community Forest project was a perfect fit.  He served on the Board for a few years before stepping down to assume the operations manager role. In the course of the interview, we talk about what sustainability means; the economics of selective woodlot operation (as opposed to industrial clearcut logging); and how the CFGP (a for-profit corporation) covers its operating costs.  “We want to be known for producing high-quality timber,” says Mark.  This means investing more heavily in woodlot maintenance and selective harvesting — aging the forest to product higher quality sawlogs, rather than taking immature trees for immediate fibre production.  It means that short term profit maximising is not the...
From CIBATA To CCEDA: Changing Visions Of Development

From CIBATA To CCEDA: Changing Visions Of Development

On February 8th 2020, Cortes Currents was pleased to welcome Adam McKenty of CCEDA as the first guest on our new monthly live talk show component. CCEDA (Cortes Community Economic Development Association) is the new name for the organisation formerly known as CIBATA (Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association). Its 6-member board includes three members from prior CIBATA boards. Mic by Dennis Hill via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 LIcense) (Cortes Currents broadcast Feb 8th (1 PM), 11th (5 PM) & 12th (9 AM): De Clarke interviews Adam McKenty of CCEDA) CCEDA is a member organisation registered as a BC Non Profit Society. Its goal, according to Adam, is to put community well-being at the centre of economic development. “Community Economic Development is an existing thing, a concept that is already out there under that name,” says Adam. What’s the idea? to focus first on well-being and happiness in the community, then figure out what economic activities enhance that well-being while also generating revenue, jobs, etc. “It’s a reframing of what economic development is for and what it looks like… If we can develop local business and industries so that we actually have the ability to hire people on the island doing things that folks want to do for a livelihood, and at a level where it’s possible to afford housing and a decent lifestyle here… then that changes the equation.” Adam emphasises that CCEDA doesn’t see its role as telling Cortes Island what it should do, but as “identifying needs,” asking the community what its priorities are, asking business owners what resources would help them–and also networking with...