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s we move operations back to Kennedy Lake and the Toquart River watershed for the winter season, one of the first areas Coulson Forest Products will work in is Woodlot Licence 1903 held by the Toquaht First Nation.
Coulson Forest Products Ltd. has maintained a long and very co-operative relationship with the Toquaht First Nation. Coulson will take the lead on forestry work and harvesting operations on the woodlot. This is just one part of the on-going joint venture between Coulson and the Toquaht First Nations.
Woodlots are essentially very small TFLs. Individuals or communities or First Nations can be awarded woodlot licences. They are a combination of private and Crown lands which must be managed on a long term sustainable basis for timber harvesting and protection of other values such as fish, wildlife, and water quality as well as heritage resources and visual quality.
On the Coast, woodlots can include up to 600 hectares of Crown land. The land remains owned by the province but the wood lot holder has exclusive right to manage it for timber
resources. An inventory is done and various
calculations are completed to determine what level of harvest can be sustained on the area over a designated period ( 100 to 250 years ). They are issued for a term of 25 years but are able to be renewed for further periods.
The Toquaht First Nation Woodlot 1903 is located on lands near the village of Macoah near Toquart Bay. These lands are adjacent to the treaty settlement lands recently negotiated by the Toquaht First Nation in the treaty process.
The Toquaht First Nation have an approved management plan which specifies an annual harvest level of about 1700 m3 per year.. This harvest can be grouped in 5 year blocks to improve economics of harvest and this is the volume Coulson and Toquaht will be targeting this winter ( approx. 8500m3).
Under the joint venture, Coulson will supply the professional forestry expertise and the road building, logging and timber marketing capability and the Toquaht First Nation will provide management and local community and First Nations input and overview. Toquaht will also take on additional responsibilities in an effort to increase capacity in managing forestry related tenures.