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Interfor open to working with Simpcw First Nation on forest tenure sale


July 4, 2019
By Ellen Cools
Ellen Cools

In June, Canfor announced it would be permanently closing its Vavenby, B.C., sawmill, and sell the associated forest tenure to Interfor for $60 million.

The Simpcw First Nation later announced that this forest tenure sale is a “non-starter,” unless Simpcw has “a meaningful role in management of our forests.”

The proposed sale of timber rights to Interfor, which intends to use the timber for its Adams Lake sawmill, has to be approved by the B.C. government.

According to Kamloops This Week (KTW), Interfor wants to explore forest stewardship and partnership opportunities.

Ric Slaco, Interfor’s vice-president and chief forester, told KTW he expects Interfor and Simpcw will meet in the near future.

Slaco said they might discuss joint decision-making and economic opportunities for the band’s forestry development business, KTW reports.

Interfor expects that the provincial government will make a decision on the acquisition in August.

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