The Province of British Columbia has approved a community forest agreement with the City of Williams Lake and the Williams Lake Indian Band. The agreement was announced on March 7, 2014 by Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations.
Purpose of the Agreement
The City and the Band have formed a legal partnership to hold the license and manage operations. The goals for the community forest are:
To operate the community forest as a viable forestry enterprise.
To reflect community values and respect the land.
To sustainably manage for all forest resources.
To generate revenue for local economic development and community stability initiatives.
To realize socio-economic benefits such as local employment and economic activity associated with milling and manufacturing.
To enhance local partnerships that support forest education and an increased public understanding of forestry.
The Community Forest will encompass two areas capable of supporting an annual harvest of 40,000m3 per year:
Your Point of View
The Band and the City are very interested in hearing and understanding your views with respect to the management of resources within the community forest. Please submit a new idea or view and vote on other ideas. Blog
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