Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Support a locally operated forest industry!

A Partnership between the Fort Nelson First Nation and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

 

 

A community forest is a long-term agreement to manage Crown land that may be held by a local government, community group, First Nation or community-held corporation. Rural communities and First Nations see community forests as a tool to manage the local Crown land base, to provide benefits to the residents and help support their local economies and provide long-term employment opportunities (Province of BC, 2018). 

The Northern Rockies  Regional Municipality (NRRM) has a long-held interest in obtaining a Community Forest. Similarly, the Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) has strong cultural, spiritual and economic interests in the management of areas within their traditional territory. As a result, these two parties have come together to form a Partnership to acquire a Community Forest in the Fort Nelson Timber Sales Area (TSA). In a March 17, 2017 letter to both partners, then-Minister Steve Thomson announced that the Province of British Columbia was prepared to offer up to 185,000 cubic metres (m3) per year of timber volume to support the Partner's interest in acquiring a Community Forest Agreement (CFA).Over the intervening eighteen months, the Partners have collaborated with district and regional divisions of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to identify an operating area for the Community Forest.

The Partners are looking for your support.  If you support a community forest agreement being issued to your communities then please sign and return your support letters via email to rdpadmin@northernrockies.ca or at the NRRM Office at 5319 – 50th Avenue South.

Click here for a form letter of support [PDF - 762 KB]

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