People asking us about forest management practices in other countries such as Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany.
One contributor pointed to the city of Lübeck in Germany that is remarkably similar to North Cowichan.
They too have a community forest, about the same size as ours.
The Hanseatic City of Lübeck, located about 70 km north-east of Hamburg holds around 4,600 ha of communal forest. Since more than 20 years the forests are managed according to the Lübeck concept of close-to-nature forestry which foresees comprehensive protection of natural processes. The city forest of Lübeck was the first enterprise in Germany certified by Naturland e.V. in 1997 and 1998 by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The concept was regarded as best practice example for NGOs including Greenpeace, Robin Wood, BUND and WWF and serves as a showcase for integrated close-to-nature forestry in Germany and beyond.
Click on the link below to view Guy Dauncey's article on the Lübeck Forest.
Could North Cowichan and Lübeck become Sister Cities / Municipalities?
Sister Cities is a programme of pairing cities around the world to promote co-operation, cultural understanding and economic development. When Dwight D Eisenhower launched the concept of sister cities in 1956 he said:
"The purpose of the sister cities programme is to increase international understanding and foster world peace by furthering international communication and exchange at the person-to-person level through city-to-city affiliations."
We need to "think outside of the box" and look at new, creative ways to manage our forests.