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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Community Forest.

It is a legal tenure agreement with the Provincial Government which gives a community timber harvesting rights to a certain annual volume of timber within a defined area. Forest management obligations are attached to the right to harvest. Community Forests also hold rights to non-timber forest products (NTFP).

NACFOR’s license area is located in the Arrow Lakes region of the West Kootenays, in Southeastern British Columbia. Most of the area is near the community of Nakusp and south to Arrow Park, with additional areas in Galena Bay and in the Fosthall Creek area. See NACFOR’s Chart Area map here.

It means the municipality of Nakusp, RDCK Electoral Area K, and Summit Lake Ski Hill.

It is just under 10,000 hectares, 67 percent of which is operable from a timber harvesting perspective.

The Allowable Annual Cut – a regulation set by the provincial government – is 20,000 cubic meters or about 500 logging truck loads.

There are many, but some of the most obvious benefits are:

  • Increased control over local forest resources
  • Increased public input into the management of those resources
  • Profits re-distributed within the community
  • Increased local employment and,
  • Increased available timber supply for local manufacturers

Nakusp and Area Community Forest (2013) Inc. (NACFOR) is the license holder.

The Village of Nakusp is the sole owner and shareholder.

A volunteer Board of Directors represents diverse interests in the Village and the RDCK. The Board provides strategic direction. True North Forestry Consulting Ltd. was the management contractor from inception in 2008, until June 2023. The current management team hired to manage operations is Cabin Resource Management.

On the open market. Efforts are made to ensure local manufacturers have access to supply needs.

Profits from early operations were used to build a reserve fund. Since 2014 the NACFOR Board has run a Donations Program whereby approximately $50,000 in donations are awarded to organizations within the Arrow Lakes region (Nakusp and RDCK Area K). See our Donations Program page for more information and for a list of donations to date. Also, in 2014 the Village of Nakusp established Bylaw 653, 2014 NACFOR Legacy Fund where NACFOR profits (dividends to the Village) are held for future distribution. The intent of the Board of Directors and Village Council is that these dividends will be used to fund projects which have a broad community benefit (including projects outside the Village boundaries) and that will have a lasting effect on the Arrow Lakes community. Dividends will not be used for ongoing Village operations or capital expenditures of a routine nature. See our Legacy Fund page for more information and for a list of projects that have benefitted from these funds.