Bringing a community forest to Golden

Time to build partnerships

The Golden Star
November 24, 2020

There’s been a desire to bring a community forest to the area for over a decade …There have been efforts to bring a community forest to Golden and the surrounding area dating back to 1999. The original idea began when professional foresters Brian Amies, Denise English and Kindy Gosal met with local politicians. …in 2006 the forest minister allocated 20,000 cubic metres of timber volume towards a community forest for the Golden area …Unfortunately, in 2010 …the provincial government …reallocated [it] to BC Timber Sales …In June 2018, several members of the group, now calling themselves the Golden and Area A Community Forestry Team, including Denise English, Brian Amies, director Karen Cathcart, Golden Mayor Ron Oszust and Jon Wilsgard, town administrator, met with then forest minister Doug Donaldson who, while not guaranteeing that Golden would get its community forest, encouraged them to continue pursuing this project.

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