Yesterday, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development announced the proposed old growth deferrals based on the advice and
recommendations of the independent Old Growth Technical Advisory Panel established by the B.C. Government in June 2021.
HFN Forestry Limited Partnership, wholly owned by Huu-ay-aht First Nations, has been briefed on the plan, including proposed old growth deferrals on the ḥahuułi of the Huu-ay-aht Ḥaw̓ iiḥ (Huu-ay-aht Traditional Territory).
Huu-ay-aht First Nations, has been advised by the BC government that no further deferrals will be implemented within its ḥahuułi without Huu-ay-aht’s prior agreement
arrived at through government-to-government engagement. Huu-ay-aht is engaged in a two-year Hišuk ma c̕awak integrated resource planning process that will guide future
forest, resource, and land-use decisions by Huu-ay-aht within the ḥahuułi. This Indigenous-based forest and resource management planning approach is the path Huu-
ay-aht has chosen and will guide all decisions related to further deferrals.
HFN Forestry Limited Partnership supports and endorses Huu-ay-aht’s statement on today’s announcement.
Please see the statement in full here.
Patrick Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, HFN Group of Businesses