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.

Community Contribution

Community Contribution photo

Economic 

In the 2012 fiscal year, over $4,500,000 was spent by WCFC in the local economy through contracts to local companies who provided forest management, logging, log hauling, seedling production, tree planting, and forest health services. 

Grant Program  

Wetzin'kwa Community Forest Corporation distributes profits through the Grant Program.

 

Social

Commitments to a Healthy Community Forest Economy

  • Research timber and non-timber forest product market opportunities.
  • Subject to log markets and economics, harvest the Allowable Annual Cut. 
  • Utilize local contractors to conduct road building, harvesting, log hauling and silviculture activities.
  • Research and promote opportunities to diversify and expand employment opportunities.
  • When harvesting, sort and sell logs to value-added operators where possible.

 

Recreation

Commitments to Enhancing Outdoor Recreation and Education

  • Work with Recreation Sites and Trails Unit of the Ministry of Tourism, Sport, and the Arts to maintain the Dennis Lake Recreation Site.
  • Work with Scouts Canada – Smithers group - to identify and construct a permanent camping site within the community forest for youth activities.
  • Meet annually with the BV Cross-Country Ski Club, BV Naturalists, and hiking groups on long term planning for recreation trail development in the existing Smithers community forest area.
  • Meet annually with Northwest Community College and School District #54 to discuss and encourage their

 

Cultural

Wetzin'kwa is committed to protect and conserve cultural heritage sites, features, and values and to maintain and enhance a good working relationship with Wet'suwet'en peoples.