First Nations Woodland Licence
First Nations woodland licences are an area-based, long term forest tenure unique to First Nations.
First Nations woodland licences recognize First Nations' asserted land and resource interests, including the protection of traditional-use practices and the harvest and management of non-timber forest products.
This long-term and area-based tenure allows First Nations to:
- Have an increased role in forest stewardship
- Protect traditional uses
- Manage forest and land use in the area
- Improve their ability to secure investment and loans
First Nations may be eligible to sign a First Nations woodland licence if:
- The First Nation signs a forest tenure opportunity agreement,
- There is a source of replaceable allowable annual cut,
- There is an available operating area, and
- The licence is approved through a mandate signed by the minister responsible for forests.
First Nations Woodland Licence Documents
- First Nations Woodland Licence Management Plan Handbook (PDF)
- First Nations Woodland Licence Information Guide (PDF)
- Provincial Guide for the preparation of Information Packages and Analysis Reports for Area-based Tenures (PDF 2MB)
- Comparison of Replaceable Direct Award Forest Tenures (PDF)
- First Nations Woodland Licence Award Process Map (PDF)
- Issued First Nations Woodland Licences (XLSX)
Contact us for current licence and cutting permit templates at ForestTenuresBranch@gov.bc.ca.