The Forest License was issued by the Province on Feb 12, 2016.
The Chinook Comfor began development of the Forest Stewardship Plan in 2015. The first draft was delivered in May of 2015 and the FSP was finally approved August of 2016. The Province oversees all Community Forests under the same rules as Major Licensees. This is reflected under the FSP document.
The Management plan draft was delivered in May 2015 and reached final approval in May of 2016.
Chinook manages the Area Based Community Forest License by the terms and conditions specified in the Management Plan. Chinook will balance the broad social, economic, environmental and resource management goals ensuring they are consistent with our guiding principles and goals.
Guiding Principles, Vision, Objectives and Goals
Chinook will manage the Provincial CFA Program Objectives by incorporating them into the guiding principles and goals for the CFA. Chinook will be consistent with the following provincial government objectives for Community Forests:
- provide long-term opportunities for achieving a range of community objectives, values and priorities;
- diversify the use of and benefits derived from the community forest agreement area;
- provide social and economic benefits to British Columbia;
- undertake community forestry consistent with sound principles of environmental stewardship that reflect a broad spectrum of values;
- promote community involvement and participation;
- promote communication and strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and nonAboriginal
communities and persons;
- foster innovation; and
- advocate forest worker safety.
Chinook Comfor Ltd. will be a leader in forest practice management, social values and economics.
Chinook Comfor Ltd. is committed to managing our renewable resources by collaborating to build community capacity. We will achieve this by creating self-reliance through long-term environmental sustainability for economic and social growth.
Chinook’s guiding principles are as follows:
- Maintain community involvement which is represented by a local Board of Directors derived of First Nations and local government representatives.
- Ensure forest resources are managed in a manner that is environmentally sustainable for the long-term.
- Maintain and enhance a high standard of environmental stewardship through innovative avenues of land base management.
- Practice forest management that applies a balanced use of land base resources.
- Encourage local job creation and sustainability with increased quality of life within the community.
- Initiate and sustain partnerships between Chinook, First Nations, and the community at large.
- Generate revenue that is sustainable over the long-term for the benefits of current and future generations.
- Maintain and enhance current recreational sites and features in the Chinook area.
- Be transparent in all activities.
In addition to the provincial government objectives for community forests and Chinook’s
guiding principles, the following are Chinook’s goals:
- Maintain a high standard of safety so that operations are conducted in a safe manner for the benefit of forest workers and forest users.
- Focus on the utilization of dead pine in the short term.
- Provide opportunities for meaningful public involvement.
- Support local businesses and build capacity locally for long term sustainability of the community.
- Generate revenues through a financially viable business model.