Wells-Barkerville Community Forest History

1996

Inventory of area trails completed by Judy Campbell

1996
1997

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Masterplan for the Cornish Mountain Cross Country Ski Area prepared by Reidar Zapf-Gilje for the Wells and Area Trails Society (WATS)

1997
1998

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July 30: BC legislature approved legislation to implement community forest agreements

1998
1999

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August 23: The Wells Forest Community Society registered under the BC Societies Act

1999
2000

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July 29 – August 25: “The Arts and the Backcountry” program offered by Island Mountain Arts in partnership with local outfitters
September 29 – October 2: Tone Wood Conference in Wells hosted by Island Mountain Arts and Wells Forest Community Society

2000
2002

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March 14-16: Wells Forest Community Society represented by Faith Moosang at BC Community Forest Forum in Victoria
March 25 – October 18: Wells Forest Community Society hosted the Wells Forest Academy

2002
2004

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August 6: “Expression of interest” in obtaining a community forest agreement sent by Wells Mayor Dave Hendrixson to BC Minister of State for Forestry Operations Roger Harris
September 3: Letter from Doug Konkin, Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Forests, to Mayor Hendixson: “until we have more information on available annual allowable cut we cannot determine where new CFA opportunities will be created.”

2004
2005

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May 11: Letter from Wells Chief Administrative Officer Gary Champagne to Gerry Grant, District Manager, Quesnel Forest District, asking to be advised if community forest options will be coming available
May 17: Letter from Gerry Grant to Gary Champagne with commitment to advise if any opportunities arise

2005
2006

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April 6: “Community Forest Public Interest Meeting”, Northwoods Inn Restaurant
May 5: Letter from Mayor Jay Vermette, District of Wells, to Gerry Grant, Manager, Quesnel Forest District supporting Wells and Area Community Forest Group initiatives and requesting an invitation to apply for a Community Forest Agreement
June 16: “Wells Area Community Forest Public Information meeting” at Wells Community hall hosted by Wells Community Forest Group
October 18: Letter from Wells Community Forest Group to BC Minister of Forests Rich Coleman requested Wells be placed on list of Community Forest Agreement applicants

2006
2007

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November 19: letter from BC Minister of Forests Rich Coleman to Wells Mayor Jay Vermette “hereby directing the regional executive director to invite the District of Wells to apply for a Probationary Community Forest Agreement”.
December 11: letter from BC Ministry of Forests with detailed requirements for the community forest application and a request that the application be submitted by June 30 2008

2007
2008

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March 26: request from District of Wells to BC Ministry of Forests to extend the deadline for the community forest application
April 8: letter from BC Ministry of Forests extending the application deadline

2008
2011

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September 7: Wells-Barkerville Community Forest Ltd. incorporated under the BC Business Corporations Act
October 11: “Wells Community Forest Open House” at Wells Community Hall

2011
2012

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Business plan finalized

2012
2013

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Management Plan completed by Chris Elden RPF

2013
2014

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September 11: Community Forest Agreement offered by Gerry MacDougall, Regional Executive Director, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
December 1: Community Forest Agreement K3R signed

2014
2015

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April 2: community meeting
April 28: Directors met Steve Kozuki, Senior Manager, Cariboo Region, BC Timber Sales (BCTS), who said BCTS has road inspection documentation and forest data that can be transferred to WBCF Ltd and said BCTS could auction WBCF timber on behalf of WBCF Ltd.
July 28: Directors met Josh Pressy, District Manager, and Lauri Como, Quesnel Forest District to review the Community Forest Agreement
November 30: draft log purchase and woods management Request for Proposals reviewed by Directors, decision to retitle it a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), to conduct a further review in January and to issue the RFQ in February with a March deadline for replies

2015
2016

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January 14: draft RFQ reviewed by Directors
January 29: RFQ tendered
February 22: RFQ proponents meeting
March 17: Community consultation to obtain community input on the criteria for evaluating RFQ replies
March 17: Wells Forest Association letter proposing to be a non-voting partner with WBCF Ltd
March 18: RFQ submission deadline; submissions / offers received from West Fraser and from Cascadia-Canadian Overseas
April 28: letter from Wells Forest Association received by Directors, discussion deferred
May 15: two companies, Cascadia-Canadian Overseas and West Fraser, presented their log purchase and forest management offers to a community meeting
May 16: decision to accept the West Fraser Mills offer
December 9: log purchase and forest management contract between WBCF Ltd and West Fraser signed
December 9: community meeting at the Legionl

2016
2017

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June 12: community presentation by West Fraser
November 6: K3R Cutting Permit no. 1 issued to WBCF Ltd
November 8: Road Permit R21779 issued to WBCF Ltd

2017
2017 – 2018

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West Fraser harvested 24,856 cubic meters of Community Forest timber

2017 – 2018
2018

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83,856 seedlings planted
October 19: log purchase and woods management contract for 2019 – 2024 signed between WBCF Ltd. and West Fraser

2018