The District of Sechelt is engaging citizens on the operation of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest.
- June 2018 District Council asks staff to develop an engagement process
- July-Sept 2018 Community events, survey open for citizen feedback
- Sept 2018 Report to Council on options
The Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) is operated by Sechelt Community Projects Inc. with the District of Sechelt being the sole shareholder of the Corporation. SCPI holds and manages a license to harvest the crown lands marked for logging by the Province. The SCCF is managed by a board of directors.
The role of forest management ensures logging on Crown land within municipal boundaries is done in the best interests of the local community, including:
- Enhancing recreation opportunities in the forest
- Maintaining tree buffers in areas such as around neighbourhoods
- Directing revenue in a way that benefits the community
The SCCF has a designated tenure area (there are 3 specific areas) within which we are granted the exclusive right to harvest timber (map) It is up to the SCCF to determine all of the net-downs based on standards set by government (as well as local knowledge) and any additional areas based on good and valid science. In conjunction with field crews from Chartwell Consultants, the harvest area is determined and the planning, field engineering work and field site plan work commences
The two areas within the District of Sechelt municipal boundary are the Sechelt Heritage Forest and Hidden Grove, the rest of the 10,700+ hectares are within the SCRD electoral areas for Halfmoon Bay and Roberts Creek.
This table shows the recipients of the Legacy Fund community grants provided by the District of Sechelt from the SCCF profits.
In addition to the Legacy Fund contributions the SCCF provides the following community benefits:
- Wood Expo - annual wood expo featuring exhibitors such as featured artists, wood carvers, furniture makers, a cedar strip canoe, and wooden cars
- Jobs - the forest operations contribute 80-100 full time jobs on the Sunshine Coast
- Firewood - free firewood permits are offered for harvested areas within its tenure boundaries.
- Trails - the SCCF works
with the Sunshine Coast Trails society to build and maintain trails. The SCCF
applied for designated recreation site status for Hidden Grove in the Sandy Hook
area and continues to work with the Groves Society to remove danger trees to
improve public safety.
- Research - research conducted includes several watershed studies, study and inventory of wild edible and medicinal mushrooms, and a parks and reserves inventory.
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