Forest future on the table at local forum

The Healthy Forests - Healthy Communities Initiative will hold its second annual community dialogue session Thursday, Nov. 22.

PORT McNEILL—The Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities Initiative will hold its second annual community dialogue session Thursday, Nov. 22, to discuss the future of forest management on northern Vancouver Island.

The forum, which is open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. at the Port McNeill Legion Hall on Mine Road.

The Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities Initiative is a series of sessions across the province to promote conversation about forestry issues in B.C.  Local volunteers are organising a session that will feature B.C. forest professionals, First Nations, community leaders, and others in sharing views and concerns regarding the long-term health of BC forests.

The meeting provides a forum for the public to send its message to managers and politicians on what it feels forest land management on the North Island needs to ensure the health of local families and communities.

The agenda will include a summary of the community sessions and expert workshops held across the province to date, the resulting recommendations as presented in the HFHC draft strategic plan, a presentation by Terry Basso, RPF, on diversification of species and wood products, and an opportunity to express your views of forestry on the North Island.

Last year’s session in Port McNeill was well-attended and provided local citizens an opportunity to express a wide range of views and opinions on the future of BC’s forests.

For more information, visit For local meeting info, contact Jennifer Barolet at 250-956-5012 or


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