Photo L to R – Lorne Scheffer, Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative Chairperson, Jennifer Gunter, BCCFA Executive Director, John Horgan, BC Premier, and Chief Jeff Jones, Pacheedaht First Nation.
Pacheedaht and Cowichan Lake to benefit from unique community forest agreement
People in the Cowichan Lake communities and Pacheedaht First Nation will benefit from a unique community forest agreement for the Qala:yit [Kwah-LIE-it] Community Forest, reached in partnership with the provincial government. “This is the latest stride that our nation has taken towards creating our own economic destiny, including a new sawmill and a new potable community water system that is capable of serving the entire Port Renfrew area,” said Chief Jeff Jones, Pacheedaht First Nation. “In partnership with the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative, BC Timber Sales and the Province, we are achieving our goal of greater resource management in our traditional territory.” The agreement with BC Timber Sales is the first of its kind. One of the unique conditions of this community forest is that part of the land base includes BC Timber Sales’ operating area and, as a result, 7,296 cubic metres will be sold by BC Timber Sales.