Fort Nelson Community Forest Tenure Application Reaches a Milestone
June 11, 2018
FORT NELSON, BC – The Fort Nelson First Nation and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, operating in partnership to secure a joint Community Forest Agreement (CFA) tenure, are pleased to announce the achievement of a major milestone in the application process.
On June 5th, acting BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) District Manager, Greg Van Dolah confirmed the approval of the CFA boundary submitted as part of the Community Forest Agreement application.
The Northern Rockies and Fort Nelson First Nation initiated the Community Forest project to generate a measure of local influence over the use of the forest resource, encourage the re-establishment of a sustainable forest industry in the region and create employment and business opportunities for residents. Once established, the Fort Nelson Community Forest will be the largest such tenure ever awarded in the province, with any revenue from the operating Community Forest available for reinvestment into the communities in the region.
The boundary approval comes after presentations to, and receipt of comments and indications of support from, the public and interested parties, as well as discussions with FLNRORD representatives. The next stage of the application process will involve the submission of a Management Plan to the Ministry. The Partners are on track to make the final application submission in September 2018. In the interim, they encourage anyone wishing to comment or obtain additional information to call or email the Partners contact persons.
Jack Stevenson, Regional
Department of Planning and Regional Development
Northern Rockies Regional Municipality
Katherine Capot-Blanc, Acting Director
Department of Lands and Resources
Fort Nelson First Nation