North Cowichan Forestry Meeting - Ramada Inn - August 21

photo: Chris Istace

Public North Cowichan Forestry Meeting
1:30 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Ramada Duncan
140 Trans-Canada Highway
Aug 21, 2019 | 1:30pm

Acknowledging that community engagement is vital, North Cowichan has booked the ballroom of the Ramada Hotel on Aug. 21 for its regular council meeting. The ongoing discussion of forest management will be on the agenda.

The staff at the Municipality has prepared two reports for the Mayor and Council.

see attached pdf

  1. Public Engagement Strategy (pages 1 to 10)
  2. Forest Review Strategy (pages 11 to 20)

Good news, it looks like the UBC Partnership will be an integral part of the forest review. On the agenda to be considered by Council: the carbon project, biodiversity, recreation, climate change, fire safety, and alternative harvesting methods.

Our concern is the time frame for public engagement. The proposed plan divides public engagement into 2 phases - an interim phase covering 2021, full engagement in 2022. What is being considered for 2020 is vague. We believe public engagement should come as soon as the research phase is complete and should not be put off.