News from the Dunster Community Forest Society

Funding will help community forest pull more value from fewer logs

By Fran Yanor
Prince George Citizen
March 17, 2021

Recently announced funding from the Province will help one Robson Valley community forest ramp up production of specialty products, extract more value from each log, and reduce the raw material sent out of the region to mills. “Our mandate is to be a part of developing the economy in our region,”  said Dunster Community Forest manager Ray Thiessen. “Selling raw logs down the highway to Prince George or Kamloops or whatever, that’s a limited value to our local economy.” Formed 16 years ago by local residents concerned about the effects of logging on nearby watersheds and habitat, Dunster Community Forest Society purchased a wood manufacturing facility in 2019 with the philosophy of creating value-added products from sustainable forestry. …“We are setting ourselves up to be a supplier of value-added material within the region,” Thiessen said. “We’re providing material that is not common in the marketplace and is hard to find.” Read More…

 

The Dunster Community Forest is a British Columbia Community Forest licensed
under the Community Forest Agreement K-30. The tenure is located around the Robson Valley community of Dunster, BC, in east central BC.

It is governed by the Dunster Community Forest Society (BC Society #S-49465), whose membership is open to any resident or land owner in the Dunster area.

More information about our Community Grants can be found on this page.

A copy of our brochure: Understanding DCFS may be picked up during Office Hours:

The mission of the DCFS is to serve the social, environmental and economic needs of the community, by managing the community forest land base not only to market wood fiber, but for its broader potential to foster a healthy community.  The purpose of the Dunster Community Forest is to provide the community with enhanced opportunities, facilities, and environmental quality.

Considering the needs of present and future generations, the Dunster Community Forest Society carries out ecologically and culturally sustainable land use for the benefit of the Dunster Community and it’s Forest, throughout the Community Forest Agreement Area.

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