The Village of Clinton has been invited to apply for a new community forest, announced Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson, while at the BC Community Forests Association annual general meeting in 100 Mile House.
The community forest will have an allowable annual cut of up to 20,000 cubic metres in the 100 Mile House Timber Supply Area with an initial term of 25 years. The invitation is subject to First Nations consultation.
As well, now that the Village of Clinton has been invited to apply for the community forest, they need to submit a management plan to the ministry for approval before the community forest agreement can be issued.
- The community forest boundary includes the village's watershed.
- Community forest agreements are a form of legal tenure that enable communities to more fully participate in the stewardship of local Crown forest resources.
- Community forests are area-based and give communities exclusive rights to harvest timber, as well as the opportunity to manage and profit from other forest resources such as botanical products, recreation, wildlife, water and scenic viewscapes.
- More than 50 community forests are operating or are in the planning stages in B.C.
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations