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2006 in review Its a girl (right)
Stumpage rates slashed
On December 19, the Minister of Forests and Range Rich Coleman approved an amendment to the Interior appraisal manual, which lowered stumpage rates for community forests by 85%. General Manager for the McBride Community Forest Corporation Marc von der Gonna said this is the news community forests have been waiting to hear since the Community Forest Pilot Project began in the late 1990s. Von der Gonna said that stumpage rates for the community forest fluctuated between $16 and $40, sometimes reaching $70. With this amendment, stumpage rates will be between $3 and $3.50 a cubic metre.
It has been a long and sometimes frustrating process, but the Village of McBride has finally installed its much anticipated road signs. The signs, which have been in the works for over a year, began as a Chamber of Commerce Initiative, said Councillor Allan Frederick. The project was turned back over to the Village in June, he said.
Although the initial concepts and designs changed a few times, Frederick said that the final product, which was installed over the Christmas holidays, is exactly what the village needed. The total cost of the signs, including installation, was approximately $25,500.
Zone tournament a slam-dunk
From February 16-18, eight senior girls basketball teams from across Northern BC arrived at the new Valemount Secondary School gym with wide eyes and high hopes. This was the first time Valemount has been able to host a tournament, and the first time many residents got a chance to watch the home team play. A large number of volunteers pitched in to make the event a success, said head coach Tim Nusse. Everything is running smoothly thanks to the incredible group of volunteers who have taken over various aspects of the organization, he said.
A group of Dunster residents has been busy discussing and planning to get a community forest. Currently the group is waiting for an invitation from the province, said Forestry Consultant Ron Hammerstedt. We have indications from the Minister that we were under consideration.
All the preliminary work is done, but to go any farther in the process could waste a lot of money, which is all coming out of the pockets of the people involved. The main goal of the community forest, says Hammerstedt, will not be to make money at all costs, but to manage the area surrounding the town in a responsible way.
The size of the community forest would be under 20,000 cubic metres, said Hammerstedt, and it has a good chance of success.