Although many environmental organizations focus on changing forest practices, few work with local and regional communities to fix problems created by past practices and to find solutions to move into the future. Few groups promote sustainable development that truly incorporates social, economic, and environmental values. Many environmental organizations have international concerns and are not as committed to the people affected by the changes they help to bring.

The Central Westcoast Forest Society was created in 1994 to fill this vacuum - to include people in the environment; to find solutions that work for the environment and the people who live in it.