Goal to include Recreation Area for both economic and wildlife and wildfire protection benefits
The Dungate Community Forest is taking its plan to enlarge its annual allowable cut to Houston and area residents in hopes of gathering support as it continues to press the provincial government for approval. With the District of Houston as the majority owner of the community forest, its expansion plan fits with the District’s long-standing vision to secure a wood supply stabilizing employment and providing revenues for community projects. That vision was accelerated in 2014 when the West Fraser-owned Houston Forest Products sawmill closed, resulting in both job loss and property tax loss to the District. That closure was part of a business deal with Canfor which saw it close a mill in Quesnel with Canfor then acquiring West Fraser’s timber rights in the Houston area and West Fraser acquiring Canfor’s timber rights in the Quesnel area.
By Rod Link
June 10, 2020
Public support key to Dungate Community Forest expansion
HOUSTON, BC — Plans by the Dungate Community Forest to expand its annual allowable cut will be helped along by local support. “It is an important part of the application,” noted Greg Yeomans. …And while the forest, lands and natural resource operations and northern development ministry has consistently told the community forest all of the annual allowable cut within the Morice Timber Supply Area has been allocated, Yeomans said that’s the case with every timber supply area in the province. …One argument forwarded by Dungate is that adjacent TSAs have a higher proportion of their annual allowable cuts allocated to community forests than does the Morice TSA.
By Rod Link
June 17, 2020