Trust waiting word on forest fund transfer

  • Aug. 2, 2006 7:00 p.m.

The Gwaii Trust Society has pushed hard to convince the federal and provincial governments to give the islands control of the $24-million South Moresby Forest Replacement Fund, says chair Miles Richardson, and is now simply waiting for a federal Treasury Board decision on the move.
“The government of BC has all their ducks in line,” Mr. Richardson said. “Treasury Board is the next decision.”
That decision was close last year but it was delayed by the federal election which was announced in November, held in January, and resulted in a new minority government.
Mr. Richardson said he has felt many times over the past few years that the Gwaii Trust was about to achieve its goal of repatriating the fund, so he’s not making any predictions at the moment about when that might happen.
The South Moresby Forest Replacement Fund was set up with money from the federal and provincial governments as part of the 1988 deal which created the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve/Haida Heritage Site.
The Gwaii Trust has been angling for many years to bring the fund under the control of islanders. It currently has an arrangement with the provincial government to administer the fund and hand out money for projects, as an interim step. Islanders have developed a Gwaii Forest Fund constitution and bylaws in readiness for the day when the money is handed over.

Just Posted

Photos: Ts’aahl wins super-close Clan Tournament

Three games finished in overtime. In the semi-final, the defending Clan Tournament… Continue reading

New year, same tips from B.C.’s forestry watchdog

Pointing to Haida Gwaii, Forest Practices Board says district managers need more enforcement powers

Fat Tire Girls

Tough north-island duo braves river crossings and storm winds on cycling trek from Tlell to Tow Hill

Time is right for War of the Blink

New Haida manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas tells a war story that ends in the blink of an eye

Masset Magic: A Christmas Classic to remember

By Jana McLeod Here I am, a full hour before the column… Continue reading

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

Players sought for National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

ISPARC calls for bantam/midget players to register for selection camp in Kamloops

New funding opens for industry innovation

Northern Development Initiative Trust opened new funds, focused on areas impacted by the pine beetle

Most Read