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General News · 29th September 2011
Delores Broten
It’s been a long haul, but after almost twenty-five years of angst, anguish, and mind-numbing, soul-crushing, hard work, the entire Crown land forests of Cortes Island are finally in the process of coming under community control. The invitation from the provincial government to apply for a community forest comes after a group was created two years ago by the now Acting Chief of the Klahoose First Nation, Kathy Francis, that entered into discussions with the Ministry of Forests.
The Cortes Island Community Forest Advisory Group is preparing its application for a Community Forest Agreement (CFA) on the island. Once issued, the 25-year tenure will be held and managed by a corporation set up to equally represent the Klahoose First Nation and the Cortes Community Forest Co-operative (an organization representing the non-native Cortes community)...

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