Community forest allows Squamish to make its own rules

Local economic benefits and the importance of trails used by mountain bikers were two recurring themes that were brought up during the open house about Squamish’s proposed community forest.

The open house, which was on May 1 at the Sea to Sky Hotel, was a chance for officials to introduce the community forest to the public.

If it becomes a reality, the community forest will encompass a swath of land that both the Squamish Nation and the District of Squamish will be able to govern via their oversight company, the Squamish Community Forest Corporation.

This area is currently overseen by the provincial government.

“We can design our own rules,” said Coun. Eric Andersen, speaking to the benefits of creating a community forest.


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