The purpose of the Forest Plan is to promote and improve the conservation and sustainable use of the forest resources of the country to meet local and national needs through protecting, managing and restoring the resource for the benefit of present and future generations. This 5-year Forest Plan has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of section 16 of the Forest Act of 1996. A draft plan was completed in January 2000. This plan was widely distributed and presented to the public in a series of well-attended meetings and workshops. The consultative process generated valuable contributions to the Forest Plan.