Throughout British Columbia, the forest industry operates on lands that are the traditional territories of First Nations. Because road-building and logging can have serious impacts on resources that are critical to their economic and cultural well-being, it is important for First Nations to influence the way forestry is practiced. One means of doing so is by responding to forest development plans(FDPs) that are referred to First Nations for comment or review.
The catch here, however, is that many First Nations are now being overwhelmed with requests to comment on how development takes place in their territories. These external pressures are mounting, and to date, there has been very little in the way of resource materials to help First Nation technicians deal with these pressures, especially in the area of forestry.
What Lies Beneath has been prepared in response to this need. The 60-page guidebook serves as a reference tool for First Nations in responding to forest development plan referrals from the BC Ministry of Forests or forest licensees. It provides a brief explanation of the main factors First Nations may want to consider in responding to a forest development plan.
This book forms an important part of a more comprehensive "Crown-lands referrals toolbox" that will be released shortly in partnership with the Sliammon First Nation.
2. Getting Started with FDP Referrals
3. Issues to Consider in FDP Referrals
4. Details of an FDP Referrals Review
5. Beyond the Forest Development Plan
8. List of Acronyms
What Lies Beneath: Responding to Forest Development Plans, A Guide for First Nations
© 2002 Ecotrust Canada
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