PEMBERTON, B.C. — The Lil’wat Nation and the Village of Pemberton have entered into a community forest partnership.
The agreement pertains to recreation, wildlife and watershed management on 17,727 hectares of Crown land as well as set limits on logging.
“These agreements are the building blocks of a diverse and sustainable forest economy, creating opportunities for people in rural and Indigenous communities,” said Katrine Conroy, minister of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development, in a statement “People in the Lil’wat Nation and Village of Pemberton will also reap the rewards of a forest that is managed for local priorities, including sustainability and recreation.”
The two partner communities in the Speĺkúmtn Community Forest will have an allowable annual cut of 11,000 cubic metres.
“Managing the forested lands around our surrounding communities for joint benefit is something that I am truly looking forward to,” said Ku̓kwpi7 Skalúlmecw, Lil’wat Nation Political Chief Dean Nelson. “This long-term project will help us continue to build the bond between our two organizations and communities.”
The agreement also allows the recreation area near One Mile Lake Park to continue to be maintained for community recreation purposes.