Partners Benefit from Forestry Partnership

Port McNeill learned that they will be the recipients of $75,000 from the North Island Community Forest Limited Partnership

Trees are putting some green into municipal coffers.

At their regular meeting May 4, the Town of Port McNeill council learned they will be receiving a $75,000 dividend from the North Island Community Forest Limited Partnership.

The North Island contains some of the most productive forests in Canada, and the North Island’s sustainability is inextricably tied to the sustainability of the forest.

It has been a long-standing community goal to gain greater certainty over its management by directly managing the resources on which it depends.

The North Island Community Forest is a cooperative of three communities, Port Alice, Port Hardy and Port McNeill.

The goal of the North Island Community Forest is to maximize revenues and return funds to the three communities where each council decides what to do with them.

Port Alice and Port Hardy also received cheques for $75,000.

The North Island Community Forest gains access to an area-based forest tenure covering approximately 2,400 hectares.

A Community Forest Agreement is an opportunity for the people of the North Island to become the land stewards.

The community forest is managed to achieve broad sustainability goals. The North Island Community Forest includes three separate operating areas near Alice Lake, Marble River and Quatse Lake.

The Alice Lake operating area is approximately 1,300 hectares in size, the Marble River area is 650 hectares and the Quatse Lake area is 425 hectares.

The Annual Allowable Cut for the North Island Community Forest is based on specified forest management practices and forest inventory information.

The  cut is 10,000 cubic metres per year of coniferous timber and 400 cubic metres of deciduous timber.

The North Island Community Forest is at the end of its first five-year annual allowable cut and cannot harvest anymore timber until it has been renewed.

Council agreed to put the funds into a reserve account and save it for a significant project. Prior to this dividend, there was $300,000 in the account.

“What kind of interest are we getting on this money,” asked Councillor Graham MacDonald.

“Pretty much nothing,” said Treasurer Dan Rodin.

 

Just Posted

Northern Vancouver Island regional science fair winners – 2019

Daniel Kornylo won one of the 12 provincial science fair awards.

North Island Eagles select head coaches for upcoming season

“We appreciate the commitment each of you make to the club and to your teams”

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Hardy Bay Senior Citizens’ new greenhouse

“if it wasn’t for the volunteers this project wouldn’t have happened”

Port Hardy Pride Day will arrive in September

Port Hardy will be celebrating Pride Day on Sept. 14 at Carrot Park.

Woss man attacked by black bear on remote logging road

“we are just monitoring the situation now”

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

Justin Trudeau’s carbon footprint revealed in ranking of world leaders

Travel company ranks 15 world leaders’ foreign flight CO2 emissions

B.C. First Nation’s group using ads in Texas targeting company for fuel spill

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

Cars keyed on BC Ferries after alarms bother dog on board

Delta police arrested one passenger on suspicion of mischief

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Most Read