NRRM makes ground on Forestry Rejuvenation Project

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FORT NELSON, B.C. — Significant progress is the way the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Community Development Officer has described last week’s talks in Victoria on their Forestry Rejuvenation Project.

Mike Gilbert says Forests Minister Steve Thomson has now, “Designated the initiative as a project, and assigned ministerial resources to helping it go forward.”

As reported earlier, the municipality hopes to bring to the Fort Nelson region, strategic influence over the use of the area’s forest resource and policy application — putting it in the hands of a three-way partnership between the Province, the Municipality and local area First Nations.

The Municipality initiated the project in 2013, focusing on enlisting not only the Province and First Nations, but also potential forest sector investors.

Gilbert says the consultation with industry is ongoing and the hope is to raise awareness of the opportunities for future development.

He’s also hopeful the next significant milestone will be the active involvement of the area First Nations, but he’s confident last week’s talks with provincial officials — including Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Steve Thomson — marked significant progress, and he adds, “We’re not there yet, but we’re on a positive trajectory.”