Fort Nelson community forest plan submitted

The Fort Nelson First Nations and Northern Rockies Regional Municipality have filed their application for a community forest agreement to the province on Oct. 15.

It's a major milestone toward a reboot of the region's forestry industry.

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The two partners are seeking a community forest agreement that would cover 200,181 hectares within a 100-kilometre radius of Fort Nelson, and an annual allowable cut of 185,000 cubic metres of timber.

"The prospect of a Community Forest managed jointly by FNFN and the NRRM has been welcomed and endorsed by members of both communities," the partners said in a joint news release.

"It is seen as a key element in the rebuilding of a sustainable forest sector that provides economic, social and cultural benefits to the region."

It’s estimated community forests create one full-time job for every 3,000 cubic metres of wood  harvested, with average total sales of $2.3 million in communities with 3,000 people or less. 

The application is under review by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, with a decision expected within six to eight weeks.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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