More than 20 years of work culminated in a historic signing on Nov. 21. Representatives of the Shuswap Band, Town of Golden and Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area A Rural Golden met at the Shuswap Band office near Invermere to sign a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding a possible community forest. Through the signing, the three local governments reaffirmed their desire to come together and better understand one another while working towards the acquisition of the ‘Kenpesq’t Community Forest’ within the Golden Timber Supply Area, says professional forester and longtime volunteer Denise English. The ceremony hosted by the Shuswap Band opened with a prayer and a Shuswap Band Drumming Ceremony. “Everyone left the ceremony, feeling positive and very thankful for the opportunity to share with one another,” says English. Newly appointed Shuswap Band Salmon Chief and Coun. Mark Thomas calls the memorandum monumental.