September 25, 2014
WHISTLER - Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced on Friday that the Province has signed a community forest agreement with the District of Wells.
The agreement covers 4,530 hectares on Cornish Mountain with a total allowable annual of 5,000 cubic metres.
The Wells-Barkerville Community Forest will be developed and managed locally. Local forest management allows for the community’s priorities to guide the stewardship in a forest area immediately adjacent to the town.
Mayor Robin Sharpe said “The people of Wells have been working hard to diversify the local economy, and take steps to ensure the long-term vitality of our town. This forest agreement is a great step forward, and adds another dimension to our rich and diverse community and will add needed local jobs, as well as, income for our infrastructure and public works.”
The community, staff and Council of the District of Wells are excited to finally see this dream become a reality. This agreement comes after many years of development and the District looks forward to the economic opportunities and local forest stewardship that the community forest will offer.
“I know the District of Wells has been waiting a long time for this community forest.” Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes acknowledged. “This provides a great opportunity for the district in terms of jobs and revenues to support local priorities.”
As Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson stated: “Community forests help support regional economies and give communities a say in the management of local forests. This is a great opportunity to create jobs in Wells while helping to make more timber available and diversifying B.C.’s forest sector.”
BC Community Forest Association president Don Brown also congratulates Wells on their Community Forest Agreement award: “Wells is a long standing member of the BC Community Forest Association, and we look forward to supporting them to meet their operational and community goals. They have worked very hard with government and local stakeholders to identify an appropriate area for their community forest. Even with their small volume, the community forest will help leverage a range of new opportunities for the community of Wells.”
To see a photo commemorating award of the agreement please click here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/
BC approves Wells-Barkerville Community Forest
September 25, 2014