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Houston Offered Community Forest Opportunity

A February 8, 2008 news release from the Province of BC announced that the District of Houston has been offered a five-year probationary community forest agreement.

The agreement grants the right to an annual harvest of 20,000 cubic metres of timber on about 14,000 hectares of public forest lands in the Morice timber supply area. The Houston division of Canadian Forest Products Ltd. will provide harvesting and professional forest management services on a contract basis to the District.

Probationary community forest agreements are a form of legal tenure that enable communities to more fully participate in the stewardship of local Crown forest resources. They are area-based, and give communities exclusive rights to harvest timber, as well as the opportunity to manage forest resources such as timber and botanical forest products, recreation, wildlife, water and scenic viewscapes.

Community forests are intended to stimulate long-term employment, forest-related education and skills training, as well as other social, environmental and economic benefits, while meeting environmental stewardship standards. After an initial term of five years, the agreements may be extended for an additional term of up to five years or replaced with a long-term agreement of not less than 25 years.

In a discussion paper titled A Community Forest for Houston, the District of Houston proposed an arm’s-length municipal corporation to manage the forest.

This corporation would consist of a board of community representatives that would establish operational policy and guidance for the community forest operations. This policy would be formed based upon the input received from public consultation. Income from the community forest would go first toward the basic community forest operations, and if any additional surplus were available, the funds would go towards community projects that benefit a wide range of interests.

The discussion paper also described a number of potential objectives and opportunities.

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