Fort St. John Land & Resource Management Plan
The Fort St. John Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) was initiated in 1993 to ensure sustainable management of land, resources, water and ecosystems within the Fort St. John Timber Supply Area. The plan is an outcome of the deliberations of the Fort St. John planning table comprised of private citizens, stakeholders (industrial sectors, environmental groups, etc.), and government agency representatives. First Nations chose not to participate in the planning exercise. The management direction put forward by the plan is without prejudice to Treaty or Aboriginal rights, and ongoing and/or future treaty negotiations. The plan recommendations were approved by government in 1997.
The plan recommendations included that a portion of the planning area, specifically the Besa-Halfway-Chowade, Graham-Laurier, Redfern-Keily and Graham North resource management zones (with their related management objectives and strategies), be included in a formal designation for the area known as the Muskwa-Kechika. In 1997, the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area was legally established.
The B.C. government and Blueberry River First Nations have an agreement to update and amend the Fort St. John LRMP in collaboration with other Treaty 8 First Nations. The amendment process will include engagement with local communities, industry, stakeholders and the general public. Visit the Fort St. John LRMP Update Project for more information.