Burns Lake Community Forest assurances

Mayor Luke Strimbold confirmed that the village is working on a model to distribute money from this year’s BLcomfor profit sharing.

Uncertainty among user groups in the Lakes District who previously relied on Burns Lake Community Forest (BLComfor) funding for their projects made its way to Village of Burns Lake (VBL) council chamber last week.

Village of Burns Lake counc. Wes Hart reported to council that concerns surrounding the availability of BLcomfor funds were expressed during the previous week’s meeting of the VBL rec-connect committee.

Rec-connect is a regularly scheduled opportunity for local sports and recreation groups to meet with VBL recreation co-ordinator Logan Wilson on matters related to providing ongoing recreation activities in Burns Lake and area.

“There was some talk about [the] Comfor disbursement of money to the village, the Wet’suwet’en First Nation (WFN) and the Burns Lake Band (BLB),” Hart said.

“There was definitely some animosity about there being no more grants that can be applied for [and] questions as to what the Village of Burns Lake is doing with the money.”

Mayor Luke Strimbold confirmed that the village is working on a model to distribute money from this year’s BLcomfor profit sharing.

“The Village of Burns Lake will discuss its portion of the Community Forest profit sharing during budget deliberations,” Strimbold said.

“We will also have this as a key discussion item during our town hall budget meeting. There will be plenty of opportunity for the community to provide input into how we use the Village’s portion of the profit distribution.”

Village of Burns Lake counc. Frank Varga, who also sits on the BLcomfor board of directors, later clarified that the BLComfor board of directors expects to have policies ready for adoption by January, 2014.

“I can confidently say… user groups will have the opportunity to apply for funding in 2014,” Varga said. “We are working through the policies and the donation policy is the first one on the list.”

Under the Long Term Community Forest Agreement (LTCFA) which governs the BLComfor, both the BLB and WFN have a right to harvest up to 16,000 cubic metres of logs, or a right to 18 per cent of the total annual harvest, whichever is less. The balance of the harvest is to ‘[generate] benefits for all the residents of the Lakes Timber Supply Area’.

Writing a cheque to the village from BLComfor profits is a divergence from previous BLComfor practise which saw profits distributed to community groups through an application process.

 

Just Posted

B.C. turns up the heat

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for most the province due to high temperatures

Skeena First Nations push for full closure of recreational fishery

Eight First Nations on the Skeena River watershed say DFO’s chinook restrictions isn’t enough

30 degrees and warmer forecasted with heat wave in B.C.

The weather could stay well into next week, according to Environment Canada

‘Daddy bonus’ common in B.C. workplaces, study finds

UBC researchers say dads don’t have to be number one in the office to get a raise

Family reunion almost 50 years in the making

Adopted Norwegian man finds his biological mother in Endako.

Homeless people living on ‘Surrey Strip’ move into modular housing

BC Housing says 160 homeless people are being moved into temporary Whalley suites from June 19 to 21

Port of Prince Rupert names Shaun Stevenson as new CEO

Stevenson has worked for the port for 21 years as vice president of trade development

Senate officially passes Canada’s marijuana legalization bill

Bill C-45 now moves to royal assent, which is the final step in the legislative process

Fake attempted abduction not funny to B.C. neighbourhood residents

Two teenage boys won’t face criminal charges after scaring girl

Mosquitoes out in full force already? Blame the weather

But a B.C. mosquito expert says the heat wave will help keep the pests at bay

Man pleads not guilty in 1987 slayings of B.C. couple

William Talbott of SeaTac was arraigned Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court

New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border – but with parents

Move would ease rules that limit how much time minors can be held with their parents

Without a big data strategy, Canadians at risk of being ‘data cows’

Presentation said artificial intelligence could give Facebook and Amazon even more power

Five B.C. families stuck in Japan as Canada refuses visas for adopted babies

Lawyer points to change in American policy around adoptions from Japan

Most Read