Lumby, Splatsin work together on community forest
by Richard Rolke
Just like the cedar they were carved from, new signs have rooted two communities together. Signs proclaiming the Monashee Community Forest were unveiled at the Splatsin First Nation and in Lumby Tuesday. “It’s a visual testament of the partnership between the Splatsin and Lumby,” said Rick Fairbairn, community forest president. The community forest, which began harvesting in 2013, is managed jointly by the village and the Splatsin and the revenue is shared. “The relationship is built on dialogue back and forth,” said Wayne Christian, Splatsin chief. “What has developed is an understanding of each other.” The community forest has an annual allowable cut of 21,595 cubic metres and covers 7,411 hectares.