The BC Community Forest Association AGM will be hosted in the Cowichan Valley today through Saturday, with over 120 delegates from across the province, including Environment Minister Steve Thompson. The group will be touring the Cowichan Lake Community Forest and learning about their partnership with the Pacheedaht First Nation.
Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative Consultant Patrick Hrushowy says having the local community forest means logs that would formally go straight to export are now available to local operators in the Cowichan Valley and south Vancouver Island.
The Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative also use their profits to reinvest into the community. Most recently they provided the CVRD with a $30,000 grant to renovate two kilometres of the Canada Trail that runs through Lake Cowichan. That contribution is part of the $82,000 the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative has invested into the community since September 2015.