Wetzin'Kwa Community Forest Corporation

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Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation’s general management objectives include environmental, social and economic objectives.

Annual profits from the operations are distributed back into the Bulkley Valley to provide the greatest long term benefit.

Wetzin'kwa Community Forest Corporation operates a community forest licence in the Bulkley Valley.

History

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Wetzin'kwa Community Forest Corporation's (WCFC) timeline:

1998 –a community economic development strategy was completed

2001 –establishment of the Bulkley Valley Forest Community Economic Development Group to address the crisis regarding Skeena Cellulose situation

2002 –the community supported the transfer of the Skeena Cellulose licence to West Fraser

2003 –the Softwood Industry Community Economic Adjustment Initiative was tapped to develop a community forest business plan

2004 –Lynx Forest Management was contracted to assess community forest models and volume requirements for profitability

2004 –with Wet’suwet’en support, a request was made to the Minister for an opportunity to apply for a community forest tenure (AAC = 100,000 m3/yr )

2005 –Smithers and Telkwa, with Wet’suwet’en support, were invited to apply for a probationary community forest agreement with a 30,000 m3 AAC

2006 –WCFC incorporated and management plan was approved by the Ministry of Forests District Manager.

January 1, 2007 –Wetzin'kwa Community Forest Corporation was awarded Community Forest Agreement K2P. The tenure is jointly held by the Town of Smithers and the Village of Telkwa.