CANFOR-01-018

Open and Sectoral Models of Public Participation: Does model type make a difference in land use planning?
Sponsor: 
Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
Lead Researcher: 
Leslie J. Hawkins, Masters student, University of Northern British Columbia
Body: 
This study evaluated the use of open and sectoral models in Land and Resource Management Planning (LRMP) processes in north-central British Columbia. The study tested the hypothesis that the models do not differ in their ability to address key social and environmental criteria in land use planning.

The open model allowed participation of any citizen, whereas members of the sectoral model are chosen based on the interest they represent. A mail survey, interviews and literature review were used to evaluate both models and their ability to capture social and environmental objectives of the LRMP.

The study found that the open model may be more effective in achieving social objectives of the LRMP process. Conversely, lack of differences with regard to environmental criteria supported the study hypothesis. The final report provides valuable recommendations for industry to aid in the solicitation of input in resource planning processes.