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Vanderhoof Council looking for ideas on Community Forest

The District of Vanderhoof was recently given a 23,000-hectare community forest from the Province. Now, it’s time to figure out what to do with it.

The District is finishing up a management plan that it will make public in a few weeks.

After that, it’s up to the community. Mayor Gerry Thiessen says he’s already heard a lot of ideas.

“Everything from recreational, there’s some ski trails in the area, we’ve had people who want to pick mushrooms, berries. We really want to hear that from the community and say ‘Okay, this is the mindset we want to have’ and then go forward from there,” he says.

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Thiessen encourages you to share your ideas.

“We want to make sure that the community sees it as a real asset and also that it’s harvested in a sustainable fashion, that it’ll be there long term for our grandchildren and it’ll be something that they see as great value as years go on.”

Part of the forest will be used for logging.

Council will hold a public hearing on July 21st.

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