The Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, located in the Prince George, BC, area, has reached an agreement with the BC government and will have exclusive timber harvesting rights to an estimated 217,312 hectares within the Nation’s territories east of Prince George on both the north and south sides of the Highway 16 corridor, known as FNWL N2E.
The new agreement will see the N2E gross land base increased by approximately 206,312 hectares. This agreement marks the largest First National Woodland License in BC history.
The management plan for the FNWL supports decision-making authority over the planning, development, harvesting, and cultural use of the timber resources within the area.
The agreement was negotiated in 2021 at a negotiation table established by the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and the BC government. According to a statement by the BC government, “the table reflects shared commitments by both governments to work together respectfully and co-operatively in the spirit of ongoing reconciliation.”
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217,000-hectare deal near Prince George creates B.C.’s largest First Nations woodland