Community engagement on future management of the Municipal Forest Reserve

Council discussed its desire for community engagement on future management of the Municipal Forest Reserve. Staff proposed that Council discuss, confirm, and clarify how open or constrained future engagement might be. You can read a report on this topic on pp. 19-22 of the agenda.  Council decided to refer it this the April 3 meeting for consideration.

The motion to set this direction, which will be considered at the next  Council Meeting:

That Council affirm its desire to go ahead with a meaningful public engagement, both deep and broad, on the future management of our forests defined by the following decision statement.

Council will decide on an overall vision for the highest and best use of the Municipal Forest Reserve that:

  1. will emphasize ecological stewardship and promotion of biodiversity;
  2. will build and enhance those values and interests the forest has for the community and forest experts;
  3. will be used to inform the development of a management framework and long term plan for achieving the vision; and
  4. if harvesting is to continue, will establish harvesting guidelines.

This decision will preferably be made by January 2020, but will not be rushed.

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District of North Cowichan, Vancouver Island BC