Wetzin'kwa Community Forest Corporation
Who are they?
The Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation, jointly owned by the Town of Smithers and Village of Telkwa, holds Community Forest Agreement K2P. This five-year probationary community forest agreement was issued July 25, 2006. The agreement covers an area of 33,674 hectares west of Smithers and northwest of Telkwa.
Why are they involved in planning?
Wetzin’Kwa Community Forest Corporation’s goal is to manage a profitable community forest tenure while providing good forest management stewardship that will sustain forest resource values for future generation
Where do they have jurisdiction?
The Wetzin’Kwa Commity forest covers an area of 33,674 hectares west of Smithers and northwest of Telkwa.
How are decisions made?
The governance of Wetzin’Kwa is provided through a seven person volunteer board, four permanent board positions and three directors at large (nominated from community for 3 year Terms).
Current Plans and Projects
Wetzin’Kwa Community Forest Management Plan
The approved Wetzin’Kwa Community Forest Management Plan sets important management direction through its ‘Management Goals’ and ‘Guiding Principles’.
It also provides Wetzin’Kwa Community Forest Corporation’s management objectives for harvesting, protecting, and reforesting areas. The Plan explains how communication exchanges will continue with the public, Wet’suwet’en first nations, and other resource users in the area to manage the area for multiple users and community values into the future.
Forest Stewardship Plan
In addition to the current planning framework, including the Bulkley LRMP and its attendant management zones, guidance on the management of the Wetzin’kwa Community Forest licence is also provided in the Wetzin’kwa Community Forest K2P – Management Plan. The approved Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Management Plan sets important management direction through its ‘Management Goals’ and ‘Guiding Principles’. This direction is non-legal from the standpoint of the Forest and Range Practices Act and therefore is not addressed specifically in the Wetzin’kwa Forest Stewardship Plan, but is essential to the management of the tenure. See the Supplemental Information document for details on how the Forest Stewardship Plan links to the Management Plan.
Wetzin’kwa Community Forest has a new website which contains current information, plans and maps.