What kind of services does the BC First Nations Forestry Council (FNFC) provide to First Nations communities?
FNFC promotes First Nations business opportunities in forestry, and collaborates with government on forest land use planning, tenure and revenue sharing. We design programs and policies that align with First Nations and government goals. We provide forestry information for First Nations communities. And we work to address First Nations priorities in areas affected by the mountain pine beetle epidemic—fuel management to reduce fire risk, economic diversification and cultural sustainability.
Does the FNFC provide support (advisory) on First Nation's Forest & Range opportunity Agreements (FRO and FRA's)?
Yes, FNFC does offer advisory support to First Nation's who are planning to enter a FRA, FRO with the province of BC. The FNFC is working to support our communities with new agreements that are being proposed such as the new First Nations Woodlands License.
How is the FNFC dealing with the devastating effects of the MPB infestation in the interior?
The FNFC in collaboration with all three First Nation's provincial organizations: BC Assembly of First Nation's (AFN), BC First Nation's Summit, and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) developed a BC First Nation's MPB Action Plan (2005) which outlined priorities for action to deal with the effects faced by those First Nation's who are directly impacted by the MPB epidemic.
Do you have an example of the work or support that FNFC provide?
The FNFC provide technical support to MPB impacted First Nation's communities by providing a Forest Fuel Management (FFM) tool-kit on steps to apply for funding for Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and FFM Management plans.
What other issues does the FNFC provide service to First Nations communities other than MPB?
FNFC held regional forums throughout BC to develop common processes and priorities related to forestry rights such as: management, decision-making, research, and economic opportunities, where allowing for regional differences and flexibility. A BC FN Forestry and Land Stewardship Action Plan was developed to deal with and stimulate discussion on all these issues common to BC First Nation's.
What is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and Forest Fuel Management Plan (FFM)?
A CWPP identifies a wildfire danger hazard and assesses the risk that a community may have in and around their homes and buildings. The danger assessment is then recorded and the mitigation of hazards and risks is documented and once completed, a submission is made to appropriate government agencies to fund treatments on the IR lands needing forest fuel reduction around their community.
A forest fuel plan is a Forest Fuel Management activity that determines the level of community risk to wildfire related to forest fire fuel loading throughout the forested area under the plan and prescribes measures for managing the fuel loads.