Lil’wat Nation, Village of Pemberton to form new community forest
The Lil’wat Nation and the Village of Pemberton, B.C., have signed a new community forest agreement (CFA) to support opportunities in the area, including wildlife and watershed management.
The two communities will manage the Speĺkúmtn Community Forest, which will have an allowable annual cut of 11,000 cubic metres.
“Managing the forested lands around our surrounding communities for joint benefit is something that I am truly looking forward to,” said Ku̓kwpi7 Skalúlmecw, Lil’wat Nation political chief Dean Nelson in a statement. “This long-term project will help us continue to build the bond between our two organizations and communities.”
“Community forests are facilitating a change in the form of engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous rural communities. They are supporting meaningful partnerships and creating mutual benefits for their communities. Congratulations to the Lil’wat Nation and Village of Pemberton on their exciting new venture,” added Jennifer Gunter, executive director of the BC Community Forest Association.