Lakes Resiliency Project

The Lakes Resiliency Project's goal is to develop a forest management plan that will:

  • Reduce wildfire hazards to lessen the risk of future catastrophic wildfires
  • Create a more resilient forested land base
  • Maintain ecological services and cultural values
  • Contribute to the stability of the timber supply, jobs and a viable competitive forest sector

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What is the Lakes Resiliency Project

Following the Northern Conference for Wildfire Resiliency in Burns Lake in April 2019, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development committed to working with First Nations, local communities, and stakeholders in the Lakes planning area to create a more resilient forested land base. As part of this, an initial public engagement was held in the fall of 2019, where the feedback provided suggested a new approach to sustainable forest management in the Lakes is needed.

From this feedback and the information shared at the Northern Conference for Wildfire Resiliency, the Lakes Resiliency Project was established. The Lakes Resiliency Project strives to improve and develop stronger working relationships with First Nations, industry, and community stakeholders to complete the goal of developing a forest management plan.

Lakes planning area

The Lakes planning area covers about one million hectares in north-central British Columbia. It contains the headwaters of important tributaries of the Skeena and Fraser watersheds, numerous lakes, and forested ecosystems. Several Provincial parks are located within the planning area and both area-based and volume-based forest tenures.

While the forest ecosystem is dominated by lodgepole pine, hybrid spruce and subalpine fir (balsam), the past two decades of the mountain pine beetle, salvage activities, and wildfire have changed the forested land base significantly. 

Lakes Resiliency Project scope

The scope of the Lakes Resiliency Project is to:

  • Review and amend the existing land use objectives established under the Lakes North and Lakes South Sustainable Resource Management Plans (SRMPs)
  • Establish innovative landscape-level direction and guidance for the Lakes that align with other initiatives
  • Develop a  forest management regime responsive to climate change and natural disturbances that will promote forest resilience
  • Complete a Forest Landscape Plan (FLP) pilot that, once established, will provide spatially explicit forest management direction
  • Complete a comprehensive engagement process and develop key partnerships with First Nations and stakeholders
  • Coordinate across divisions and agencies to achieve unified outcomes and efficiencies for forest and range licensees, First Nations, and the Nadina District

Who is involved

The Lake Resiliency Project team is working with First Nations, industry representatives, local communities, and across Provincial ministries and initiatives active in the Lakes planning area.

A group of technical representatives including First Nations, stakeholders, licensees, land users and the Province will meet to review the data, develop a forest management plan, and recommend amendments to the land use objectives. There will be opportunities for the public to review and provide input at key milestones.

Timeline

The Lakes Resiliency Project is underway and is expected to conclude in 2023. As the project progresses, the material developed by the planning table will be available on this webpage at key milestones for the public to review and comment on.

Public engagement process

Public engagement will be ongoing throughout the duration of the Lakes Resiliency Project. Opportunities for review and comment of project materials will be provided to interested parties at key milestones. More information on public engagement, including opportunities to share feedback with the project team will be provided on this webpage when available.

Check back for future engagement opportunities.