Dunster Community Forest looks to join Valemount, Carrier in stewardship plan

Proposed as an interim measure due to delays in FSP approval
By Laura Keil
The Rocky Mountain Goat
February 16, 2021

The Dunster Community Forest (DCF) is looking to adopt the same Forest Stewardship Plan as Carrier Lumber and the Valemount Community Forest until July 2022, while it awaits clarification from the Province on language regarding First Nations in its own revised plan.  DCF Manager Ray Thiessen said their proposed stewardship plan was rejected, but the Province was unable to provide timely instructions on how to fix it. Joining Carrier’s stewardship plan buys them more time to figure it out, a move advised by their government partners.  “There’s a lot of changes regarding First Nations that nobody has clear direction on in the District,” Thiessen said. “We didn’t feel we had a reasonable amount of time to wait for the government to sort that out before ours expired (in June 2021).”

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