When the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs Forum in Ontario approached us about a better way to manage Crown forests in their territory, we started with this question. What if the local economy could be managed for ecology, economy, and equity? What if forestlands were managed for economic values in addition to timber? What if
a conservation economy could be achieved for this place?
Working with First Nations and municipal leaders, forestry companies, community members, and elders, we set out to explore and model the long term consequences of more holistic forestland management.