Pacheedaht First Nation and Teal Jones Sign Memorandum of Understanding

On Thursday (9-8-22), the Pacheedaht First Nation, located near Port Renfrew, BC, and Teal Jones agreed to identify specific forestry, business, commercial, and employment opportunities within the Nation’s traditional territories and pursue them through joint working agreements.

The deal includes developing a world-class integrated resource management plan, known as an IRMP, to ensure responsible stewardship of at-risk species and ecosystems within the Nation’s traditional territories.

The memorandum of understanding, or MOU, covers an area known as Tree Forest License 46. The block of Crown land, located between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew, has been the center of controversy for two years as forest activists fight to save the old-growth forest known as Fairy Creek.

In addition, the deal commits both sides to job and training opportunities in forestry with Pacheedaht First Nation members, recognizes the integrity of forest resources, cultural heritage value and the environment and contributes to the long-term stability of the regional and local economy, mainly through forestry.

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Vancouver Island First Nation, logging company strike forest deal