The Xaxli'p Community Forest (XCF) is an evolving example of how Indigenous communities are redefining sustainability and asserting their sovereignty through natural resource governance. Written as part of a doctoral dissertation research project out of the University of California, Berkeley, the report traces over twenty years of negotiations leading up to the XCF. The report also discusses current XCF efforts to restore the interconnected ecological and cultural systems that make up Xaxli'p Survival Territory.
The Xaxli’p Community Forest Agreement (CFA) Application was approved by the Ministry of Forests in January 2010. The Application includes a statement of guiding principles and goals, the CFA Management Plan, and information about the CFA land base, community involvement, and the XCFC administrative structure.
Landscape Restoration Plan – coming soon!
XCFC is currently developing a Landscape Restoration Plan that will tie together the Xaxli’p Traditional Use Study and the Xaxli’p Ecosystem Based Plan in a practical, long-term eco-cultural restoration plan. The Landscape Restoration Plan overlays information from the Traditional Use Study with information from the Ecosystem Based Plan in order to prioritize eco-cultural restoration areas in Xaxli’p Survival Territory, to identify the particular kinds of restoration activities that will be applied, and to schedule and plan eco-cultural operations The Landscape Restoration Plan has been developed through community input from Xaxli’p Elders, the XCFC Board of Directors, and other Xaxli’p experts. The plan is currently in a draft stage. Portions of the completed Landscape Restoration Plan will be posted on this web page.
Xaxli'p Community Forest - Short and Long Term Goals
The Xaxli'p Community Forest Board of Directors works to ensure that the Community Forest is working toward acheiving our Mission Statement and Goals. In May 2013 the Board of Directors developed a series of short and medium term goals that our company will work toward over the next three to five years. Working toward these goasls will mean we are on the path toward meeting the long-term goals set for us by the Xaxli'p community.
The primary objective of an ecosystem based plan is to maintain natural ecological integrity at all scales through time in the landscape being planned. To a large extent, this is achieved by identifying and respecting ecological limits, including identifying and protecting ecologically sensitive areas. This map was developed to identify areas of ecological sensitivity resulting from steep slopes, complex terrain, shallow soils, and dry conditions. The map was derived from air photo interpretation, existing map information, GIS modeling, and field assessments.
This Upper Sallus Creek Cultural Restoration Area map is one of the preliminary maps of the Landscape Restoration Plan. Restoration ecotypes have been identified using air photo interpretation and GIS modeling. The restoration ecotypes are used to identify priority restoration areas, to identify potential ecosystems or species of interest in an area, and to plan initial restoration area boundaries. The characteristics and condition of restoration ecotypes are refined by the XCFC Forest Crew during field assessments and development of eco-cultural restoration prescriptions.
Xaxli’p Community Forest Corporation (XCFC) carries out ecologically and culturally sustainable land use for the benefit of Xaxli’p people, considering the needs of present and future generations.