Lhtako Dené Nation Chief Clifford LeBrun and West Fraser woodlands manager Stuart Lebeck announced their commitment this week to continue building their relationship supporting the local forest industry. (File photo)

Lhtako Dené Nation Chief Clifford LeBrun and West Fraser woodlands manager Stuart Lebeck announced their commitment this week to continue building their relationship supporting the local forest industry. (File photo)

Lhtako Dené Nation and West Fraser enhance their commitment to working together

Both parties are committed to supporting the local forest industry

Lhtako Dené Nation and West Fraser are building on their long-standing relationship.

In a joint news release, the parties announced on Wednesday, April 13 they are committed to working together with a long-term view of supporting a thriving forest industry and resilient communities in the Quesnel area.

For decades, Chief Clifford Lebrun said they have consistently seen the forestry company demonstrate how sustainable forest management in Lhtako Dené traditional territory can balance environmental, economic and community values using planning and management techniques that reflect their values.

“Currently, West Fraser is trialing different harvesting techniques, reforestation practices, managing for medicinal plants and wildlife, as well as prioritizing important fisheries values – all of which are of great importance to us,” he said.

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“Through our enhanced commitment, we are building on this approach by working together closely, managing the forest on Lhtako Dené traditional territory for values important to us and the public overall.”

According to the joint news release, both parties recognize the environmental, economic and social benefits of a strong local forest industry that supports jobs, families, and businesses that keep communities thriving.

“The Lhtako Dené Nation has demonstrated forward-thinking leadership, and has taught us different, valuable perspectives and ways of thinking in the forest management process and have shown interest in further partnerships through employment and contracting services in the forest industry,” said West Fraser woodlands manager Stuart Lebeck.

“We are committed to working together to support that vision and being together on the land.”

The city of Quesnel and surrounding First Nations communities, including Lhtako Dené, are in the middle of creating a community forest. The community forest is in the land selection phase.

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