Public Engagement on the Future of the Municipal Forest Reserve Goes Ahead

On January 29, Lees and Associates presented a draft engagement plan for public engagement on the future of the Municipal Forest Reserve (MFR) to Council for approval. The plan covered deliverables, methods of engagement, a detailed timeline for public engagement, and discussed engaging with First Nations on a government to government level. Council approved the draft plan and directed staff to move forward with engagement. 

Engagement will kick off in February with 10 stakeholder phone calls conducted by Lees and Associates, and an open call for members of the public to join a working group. Mayor Al Siebring said, “I am thrilled to get this project underway, we have seen lots of community interest in our forests. We are in a very unique position, being the only municipality in Canada to own forest reserve land, and our residents have shown they are very invested in the outcome of this engagement.”

Over the coming year, there will be many opportunities to provide input on the future management of the MFR as this exciting project moves forward. “Be sure to keep an eye on our website for updates, and participate when and wherever you can.” says Siebring. 

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For more information:
Megan Jordan
Manager, Communications and Public Engagement
250.746.3156
megan.jordan@northcowichan.ca