Forest future forum fires up

The Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities Initiative will pick up later this month.

PORT McNEILL—The Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities Initiative will pick up later this month where it left off last fall when local residents are invited to take part in a community dialogue on the future of forestry on Northern Vancouver Island.

The forum will be held Thurs., Nov. 22, from 7-9 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 281 Hall in Port McNeill.

The input provided in the 2011 dialogue, which explored the possible outlook for local forestry in the year 2050, has been incorporated into a draft report outlining strategic recommendations that communities feel are important for the ongoing sustainability of our forests and communities.

This month’s follow-up session will share the outcomes from all the community meetings and expert workshops to date and provide another opportunity for discussion on local forestry issues. We are also pleased to feature guest speaker Terry Basso, RPF, of Probyn Log Ltd., who will deliver a presentation on diversification.

Join B.C. forestry professionals, First Nations, community leaders, conservationists, academics, and forest practitioners in sharing our views and concerns over the long-term health of BC forests. This is an ideal forum to send or emphasize your message to managers today on what forest lands management in the coastal region and B.C. needs to ensure the health of your family and community.