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Forestry cooperative explores value-added timber products as way to do more with less

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

According to the BC government, recent projections indicate there will be a decline in timber supply by 2025 throughout the province.

As a result, the Cortes Island Community Forestry Cooperative (CCFC) is hoping to find creative ways to repurpose timber on the island. The organization is holding a public meeting this weekend that aims to get public input on creating value added wood products from timber harvested on its nearly 4,000 hectare tenure.

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Community Forest puts forward plan on timber harvesting, seeks public feedback

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The Cortes Forestry General Partnership is proposing the next steps in harvesting timber near Anvil Lake and is requesting comments from locals.

The plans aim to align with wildfire mitigation recommendations made by Blackwell and Associates, a consultant for BC Wildfire. CFGP also intends the cut block to be a lucrative one, that should fund the road infrastructure built, in part, to fight future wildfires.

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Community champion honoured with environmentalism award

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This past fall, local Bruce Ellingsen was recognized for his decades of community work sustaining healthy forests, primarily on Cortes Island. Friends of Cortes Island announced on Nov. 25, 2022 that Ellingsen was this year’s recipient of the annual Jo Ann Green Environmental Award.

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Bruce Ellingsen: 2022 recipient of the Jo Ann Green Award

Every year, the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) give the Jo Ann Green Award to a Cortes Islander who has made a significant contribution to the environmental wellbeing of the community. Bruce Ellingsen is this year’s recipient.

“Jo Ann Green was an exemplary environmentalist who came to Cortes in 1969, and she immediately became involved in social environmental activities on the island,” explained Helen Hall, Executive Director of FOCI. 

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Community Forest Cooperative seeks proposals to create products from local wood

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

The Cortes Community Forest Cooperative (CCFC) is hoping to reduce logging on Cortes Island by developing more wood products locally.

The organization, in partnership with the local Klahoose First Nation, holds a community forest tenure with the BC Ministry of Forests, covering about 30 per cent of the crown land on the island, according to CCFC President Carrie Saxifrage. Each year the partnership needs to harvest a demonstrable portion of trees under its tenure.

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