Western Forest Products, First Nations reach logging deal

Western Forest Products has reached an accord with four Vancouver Island First Nations that will see logging deferred on 2,500 ha of old-growth forest in the area. Na̲nwaḵolas Council, which groups the Tlowitsis, K’ómoks, Wei Wai Kum, and We Wai Kai nations, signed a “joint planning and reconciliation agreement” with WFP under B.C.’s logging deferral plan, announced in November.

Shannon Janzen, the company’s chief forester, said that through the partnership, “we believe we can mitigate potential short-term disruptions to the business while ensuring the priority areas identified by Nanwakolas are deferred over a two-year period.”