Chiloé visits Long Beach

On June 14 and 15, 2000, Long Beach Model Forest (LBMF) was proud to host two representatives from the Chiloé Model Forest (CMF):  Francisco Mendoza, from the Chilean Forest Service (National Forestry Corporation - CONAF) and Director of the CMF Board; and Santiago Elmudesi, General Manager, CMF.

We discovered that CMF and LBMF have some dramatic similarities. 
Both Model Forests:

  • are located in the temperate coastal rainforest so climates are similar;
  • have local economies where forest management and fisheries are important;
  • have a national park in their midst; and
  • consider First Nations issues to be topical.

The differences between our Model Forests are also apparent.  The forest industry in Chiloé does not have the same industrial profile as Long Beach.  Agriculture is an important economic driver in the CMF economy, but is virtually absent from our local economy.  Conversely tourism, particularly ecotourism, is important to LBMF, but does not have the same importance in southern Chile.

During their two days in the area, Mr. Mendoza and Mr. Elmudesi met with a variety of representatives from the Port Alberni Forest District, the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, the Secretariat of the Clayoquot Sound Central Region Board, the Ma-Mook Development Corporation, and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.  They were given an excellent introduction to the history of Clayoquot Sound. As well, discussions were held on ecotourism, forest management, salmon fish farming, First Nations co-management, and other topics. 

In turn, Mr. Mendoza and Mr. Elmudesi gave a public presentation to the Rainforest Education Society and LBMF at the Rainforest Interpretive Centre in Tofino. Everyone was impressed by the similar challenges between our Model Forest sites.  Long Beach would be proud to host any follow-up delegations or meetings in the future.  

Bodo von Schilling
General Manager
Long Beach Model Forest

1)  Left to right - F. Mendoza, C. Sutherland, 
      S. Elmudesi, N. Spence, P. Robinson
2)  S. Elmudesi, F. Mendoza