This document explains Guyana's low carbon development strategy. More specifically, it details how it has found an effective "middle path" between unbridled development at the expense of the natural environment on the one hand and passive conservationism at the expense of economic growth on the other. The example held up in this paper is that of chainsaw milling which is allowed by policy in Guyana. It is supported by an institutional framework that permits and regulates its use. The trade-off of this policy is that rural communities have a source of employment while Guyana on a whole upholds its obligations under the REDD funding it receives.