The City of Williams Lake and the Williams Lake Indian Band were invited by Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations to apply for a Community Forest Agreement (May, 2011).

They have formed a legal partnership to hold the license called WL Community Forest LP. The partnership is based on their Understanding which both parties signed.

The application was submitted in 2013 and Community Forest Agreement K3A was signed in 2014.

The Forest Stewardship Plan was approved in October, 2015.

Chief Ann Louie addresses a public meeting Big Lake, B.C, May 2014

The  goals for the community forest are:

  • To reflect community values and respect the land.
  • To sustainably manage for all forest resources.
  • To enhance local partnerships that support forest education and an increased public understanding of forestry.
  • To operate the community forest as a viable forestry enterprise.
  • To realize socio-economic benefits such as local employment and economic activity associated with milling and manufacturing.
  • To generate revenue for economic development and community stability.