Local community forest honoured for excellence in forest management

By the Ministry of Forests
Government of British Columbia
June 13, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Chinook Community Forest in Burns Lake was honoured with the 2024 Robin Hood Memorial Award by the Province for excellence in forest management and wildfire mitigation on June 12, 2024, in Mackenzie. “The people who manage and operate the Chinook Community Forest provide a great example of how community-based forestry enriches rural towns and economies,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Forests. …Chinook Community Forest has taken a leading role in sustainable forest management and wildfire mitigation in the Burns Lake area. …“Despite their land base being severely impacted by beetles and wildfires, they are committed to resilience in their forest management and governance,” said Randy Spyksma, president, BC Community Forest Association. “The Chinook Community Forest board and their manager, Ken Nielsen, exemplify the innovation and dedication required to govern a partnership between six First Nations and two local governments. This award is well deserved.”

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