Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and Coast Forest Products Association sign landmark MOU
By Coast Forest Products Association
April 12, 2017 - The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) and the Coast Forest Products Association (Coast Forest) signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Tuesday in a move that will further strengthen the close ties between the forest sector and the coastal communities that depend on it.
The MOU was initiated after the findings of a forestry survey conducted by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) were released in 2016. The survey results pointed out communication and engagement gaps which remained between communities and forestry in British Columbia. To address these gaps, collaborative discussions followed and the MOU was drafted.
“We are very pleased to be signing this Memorandum of Understanding with Coast Forest Products Association today,” said AVICC president Barbara Price. “Communication is essential. We look forward to working with Coast Forest on a wide variety of forest issues. Forestry impacts all our communities.”
“Coast Forest and its member companies provide more than 38,000 women and men with well-paying, year-round jobs that support their families and communities,” said Rick Jeffery, president and CEO of Coast Forest Products Association. “We are very pleased to sign this MOU today as it will align the interests of both associations’ members to work together to deliver on the benefits of ongoing management of coastal B.C.’s sustainable, renewable forest resources.”
The MOU is a significant milestone in further defining the partnership between the forest sector and coastal communities as it outlines deliverables such as holding regular consultations and meetings that both the AVICC and Coast Forest will undertake in the coming months.