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Community Forest Tenure Moves Ahead with Approval

KFN-Logo Copyright For Immediate Release:       September  27, 2013

The Cortes Forestry General Partnership is pleased to announce that we have received the Community Forest Tenure for Cortes Island. Through the hard work and dedication of the Cortes and Klahoose communities working together we have achieved this milestone towards building a vibrant world class community-based forestry operation.

The CFGP wants to thank the greater Cortes Island community for its support in moving this initiative forward. The CFGP would also like to thank Regional Executive Director Heather MacKnight, our District Manager Mark Anderson and the team at the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations for recognizing the value of this community forest agreement for the benefit of all British Columbians.

Chief James Delorme says “Klahoose First Nation is overjoyed at the announcement of this new forestry tenure for the Cortes Forestry General Partnership. The results of this agreement not only support a resilient economic future for both Klahoose and the Cortes community, but it is a glowing example of the success of partnership and good relationships. Our future depends on Government cooperation and we are seeing the benefits come to light through these efforts. Our hands are raised in respect to the hard work from the partnership.”

The issuance of this tenure finally brings home the local management this community has been seeking for three decades. The CFGP would like to thank the many individuals who have contributed time, energy and enthusiasm over the years towards this goal.

Bruce Ellingsen, dedicated community forest advocate says. “I am immensely pleased that the tenure has finally been awarded to the people of Cortes Island. We now have the great opportunity, and the challenge of developing a Community Forest Operating Plan that will reflect the expectations of the broader island community. I trust it will create millennial benefits for the Island, and beyond, and will mirror the success of the traditional First Nations’ approach to managing resources within their territory.”

Contact: CFGP Co-chairs Kathy Francis, 250-935-6536 ex 241 or Kristen Scholfield Sweet 250-935-6464

See PDF Version here: NewsRelease

British Columbia: Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations press release,

http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/09/bc-awards-community-forest-agreement-to-cortes-island.html