The Haida Nation’s Taan Forest Ltd. and BC Timber Sales have agreed to jointly plan and manage over 270,000 hectares of working forests on Haida Gwaii, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell and Bob Brash, President of Taan Forest Ltd. announced today.
“This partnership increases employment, value added opportunities and improves operating conditions on Haida Gwaii,” said Bell. “By working together we’ve established a continuous fibre supply, created efficiencies in planning, administration and infrastructure maintenance, and increased the community involvement in managing the land.”
The Cooperative Management Agreement the parties signed is consistent with the Haida Gwaii Strategic Land Use Agreement and provides the framework for joint planning, safety and forest management certification. Under the agreement, sustainable forestry practices will be used to maximize local employment, leverage operational efficiencies, and ensure data is generated for market pricing.