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B.C. government strengthens First Nations role in forestry economy

B.C. government strengthens First Nations role in forestry economy

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Government of British Columbia is adding to the role of B.C. First Nations in forest tenure in the Prince George Timber Supply Area (TSA).

The apportionment decision increases the allowable annual cut (AAC) available for First Nation in the Prince George TSA from 3.6 per cent as established in 2012 to 14.9 per cent.

“Over the past six months, the ministry has engaged with forest companies, local governments and stakeholders regarding this apportionment. I have considered the interests expressed by those groups as well as the input of First Nations in making this apportionment decision,” said provincial Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy in a statement.

“The Carrier Sekani First Nations fully support this important decision by Minister Conroy. We are now beginning to abide by the principles set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the B.C. Declaration Act. This presents an opportunity to strike a new path together and bring real reconciliation to our region,” Carrier Sekani First Nations Tribal Chief Mina Holmes said.

The new apportionment maintains the AAC for the forest-licence category at the same benchmark set in 2004, which was approximately 60 per cent of the AAC in a given TSA. This level is based on the AAC that sees continuous harvest performance and is considered stable and relatively long-term in nature, a B.C. government release stated.

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