Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Forestry Rejuvenation Strategy March Update

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The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has been very active on working to support economic opportunities for the region, especially with regard to revitalizing the local forest industry.  Below is a summary of some of the key actions that are currently underway.

 

Community Forest Agreement

On January 25th, 2018, a letter to Mayor Streeper and Chief Dickie of the Community Forest Partnership was received from Ministry of Forests, Land, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Regional Executive Director Karilyn Vince, approving the 180-day extension for submission of the CFA application. This extends the application submission deadline to September 13th, 2018.

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) currently manage approximately 20% of the lands within the proposed Community Forest boundaries. The application deadline extension is necessary to allow for further discussions between the CFA partners around jurisdictional overlap with BCTS, which is required before a finalized boundary and application package is ready.

The Community Forest Partners met with BCTS in Prince George on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 to initiate a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). A conference call is scheduled for the 

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ners and BCTS on March 9th, 2018 in order to gather feedback from BCTS on the draft MOU.

Pending a successful outcome with BCTS, CFA boundary map (revision #3) will be developed. A second CFA Community Forum will be scheduled to 

provide the community with a progress update and allow for public engagement. Comments gathered will be used as consultant IFS (Industrial Forestry Services Ltd.) completes a final, intensive analysis to check the areas and the volumes of deciduous and conifer available to the Community Forest.

 

Community Forest Management Plan

The development of a Community Forest Management Plan was started in late December and is about forty percent complete. The intent is to have a plan ready for the next Community Forum.

 

Service Provider Discussion

There has been no discussion with regard to a Community Forest Management Service Provider since the last update to Regional Council on January 8th, 2018.

 

Throne Speech and Follow-up Comments re: Local Processing

The 2018 Provincial Government Throne Speech made reference to the importance of the forest industry producing local jobs, a position that the NRRM has long advocated for.  In a follow-up interview, Premier Horgan referenced Fort Nelson’s situation specifically as an example where local processing in the forest industry is essential.  In response to these comments, letters were sent to the Premier and Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to reconfirm the NRRM’s position and offer to meet to discuss the matter further.

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