What & Why
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- The Cheakamus Community Forest is a three-way equal partnership between the Squamish Nation, Lil’wat Nation and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
- The area of the CCF is shared territory between both the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations.
- First Nations have expanded their capacity in forest management and operate successful businesses, including the CCF, within the Sea to Sky region.
- Each First Nation partner provided additional logging quota at their own cost into the CCF Society partnership to expand the total area of the CCF tenure. The additional quota allowed the CCF to be more than doubled in size so that more forested area could be managed by the CCF as opposed to the industrial forest managers that historically operated in the area. If the forest was managed by anyone other than the CCF, the harvest could be up to 50,000m3.
- The CCF management of the forest involves a reduction in harvesting of almost 60% from historical levels.
- All annual projects are divided equally between the First Nation business arms, with Lil’wat Forestry Ventures LP representing the Lil’wat Nation and Sqomish Forestry LP representing the Squamish Nation.
- The annual contribution of the CCF harvesting activities contributes upwards of $2,100,000 in direct economic activity into the Sea to Sky region.
- The CCF Carbon Project, the first of its kind on crown land in British Columbia is contingent upon the terms and conditions of the Forest Tenure which includes the accounting of carbon pools both in the storage and recovery of wood products.
- It should be noted that these are not solely Whistler or the Crown’s trees but are subject to pre-existing Aboriginal title and rights of which the ability to create economic opportunity is one right.