About

The Williams Lake Community Forest is a partnership between the Williams Lake Indian Band and City of Williams Lake.

If the Community Forest Agreement application is accepted, the operating area will encompass the NeSextsine (Flat Rock) Block and Peskwenkwinem (Potato Mountain) Block that together are capable of supporting an annual harvest of 40,000 m3/year (800 logging truck loads). Over the long term the intent is to sustainably manage the area within the community forest and operate a viable forestry business where revenues generated from forest operations support the implementation of Management Goals. The current outlook regarding day-to-day activities are summarized in the Management and Administrative Intentions.

Timeline of Application and Establishment Process

Jan 1999 City of Williams Lake (CWL) and Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) each submit proposals on the first call for Community Forest Pilot Agreements
Jun 2003 CWL again submitted an expression of interest for a Community Forest
Jul 2007 CWL invited by Province of B.C. to apply for Community Forest Agreement
Mar-May 2008 Initial meetings with local forest industry and First Nations
Jan 2009 – May 2011 Various discussions between CWL & WLIB and meetings with Ministry officials regarding the City’s request that the invitation to apply be expanded to also include the WLIB
May 2011 Invitation from Province for WLIB and CWL to apply in partnership for Community Forest Agreement
Oct 2011 Boundaries of community forest accepted by District Manager
Nov 2011 onwards Open House meetings and public input solicited
Aug 2013 Application submitted to Province
Dec 2013 Partners appoint Board of Directors
Feb 2014 Management Plan approved
Oct 2014 CFA K3A signed
Nov 2014 Standing Committee on Resource Values and Interests formed
Dec 2014,
Jan 2015
Public Meetings regarding Forest Stewardship Plan, Values and Interests
Oct 2015 Forest Stewardship Plan approved by District Manager