Lake Babine Nation granted woodland license
Aug. 10, 2016 - Lake Babine Nation has been granted a woodland license by the B.C. government to harvest on 36,500 hectares extending through two timber supply areas – the Morice and Lakes timber supply areas – near Burns Lake.
The 25-year license has an allowable annual cut of about 74,000 cubic metres.
“This area-based licence increases Lake Babine Nation’s voice in local forest stewardship and provides greater opportunity for them to manage local resources according to traditional land use practices," B.C. Forestry Minister Steve Thomson said in a government news release. "Congratulations to Chief Wilf Adam and all of the nation’s members.”
Lake Babine Nation Chief Wilf Adam said in the release he welcomes the license on behalf of the First Nation. "As stewards of the land, we welcome the benefits that the agreement will bring to the community and the increased opportunity to shape and manage the use of resources around us."
British Columbia has 216 forest consultation and revenue-sharing agreements and 300 tenure opportunities agreements offering forest tenures with First Nations throughout the province.