Sechelt Briefs – including an update about one of our member CFs, Sunshine Coast Community Forest

Community Forest

The Sunshine Coast Community Forest didn’t harvest much timber in the second quarter of 2019, but a report presented to Sechelt council Sept. 18 said it hopes to start harvesting its next cutblocks before the year is out.

The logging is on hold pending approval of a five-year Forest Stewardship Plan, which the Community Forest board said has been delayed as a result of the new Joint Decision Making Protocol between the shíshálh Nation and the province.

The Community Forest’s second quarter update said it sold nine cubic metres of the 114 cubic metres it harvested “as a result of a boundary issue on our tenure” for revenue of $1,043 in the quarter.

Overall the Community Forest’s operating arm, Sechelt Community Projects Inc., posted a six-month net loss for the beginning of 2019 of $199,813 after taking into account investment and other income of $32,597 and $15,250 in court-ordered legal costs recovered from the local group Elphinstone Logging Focus.

It also spent $93,030 on community initiatives, which was more than forecast because of the board’s decision to donate a structural protection unit to the Sechelt Fire Department, which cost $91,000 including $10,000 to pay to have firefighters trained on the equipment.

SCPI finished the first half of the year with retained earnings of $1,493,133.


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