Forest tenure study in works

  • Nov. 29, 2010 11:00 a.m.

The village of Masset is supporting an application from the Misty Isles Economic Development Society for funding for a forest tenure acquisition feasibility study. MIEDS, which represents the islands communities, has applied for $10,000 from an organization called Enterprising Non-Profits. Masset council members reviewed the application Nov. 22 and voted to write a letter of support. The study will show what MIEDS needs to do to acquire and operate a local forest tenure, and whether this would be economically practical, says the application. The provincial government has offered the islands communities a forest tenure of 80,000 cubic metres, and has also awarded them a forestry licence to cut 25,000 cubic metres while waiting for the larger tenure to get finalized. In the application, MIEDS executive director Travis Glasman says the communities have been working towards getting a forest tenure for several years. “We have the expertise necessary to undertake this work and the political will locally to see increased local control be achieved,” he wrote. “We have also made key connections with the Ministry of Forests, BC Timber Sales and the Haida to ensure we have all the parties at the table in developing this venture.” MIEDS expects the feasibility study to cost approximately $25,000, with the society contributing about $5,000 worth of staff time and $10,000 towards the cost of hiring a forest consultant. If the application is successful, the other $10,000 will come from Enterprising Non-Profits.