“The advantage of a community forest is it’s long-term economic development, and it helps in building self-reliance for our community,” he says. “It boosts the local economy, and there’s local employment. You have local-level decision-makers making locally-appropriate decisions. And you get a company that has the incentive to consider the long term benefits of sustainable management.” Tom Zelenik, Mayor of Nakusp. Nakusp and Area Community Forest (NACFOR) presented the Village and the RDCK’s Area K with funds derived from operations.