B.C., Ulkatcho reach land-use agreement

The Ulkatcho First Nation now is eligible to apply for funding to promote sustainable economic development.

  • Aug. 3, 2012 5:00 a.m.

The Ulkatcho First Nation now is eligible to apply for funding to promote sustainable economic development after signing a Strategic Land Use Planning Agreement governing the area known as the Great Bear Rainforest.

Ulkatcho is the latest of 29 First Nations on the Central and North Coast to sign such an agreement.

Ecosystem Based Management (EBM), adopted in 2006, defines guiding principles for the Coastal region; a high level of human well-being and low ecological risk over time. The land use agreement with Ulkatcho First Nation supports EBM by protecting key elements of old-growth forests, such as representative ecosystems, freshwater ecosystems and critical grizzly bear habitat. The agreement also supports the recognition and management of important cultural and heritage resources of the Coastal First Nations.

As part of the agreement, the Ulkatcho First Nation is now eligible to apply to the Coast Opportunity Funds for up to $577,000 to support sustainable economic development projects that are consistent with EBM land and resource management objectives. The fund was created to make the vital connection between sustainable development projects that embrace conservation and the social, cultural and economic well-being of the First Nations communities.

The area covered by the North and Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plans — also known as the Great Bear Rainforest — represents about 6.4 million hectares, more than twice the size of Vancouver Island. The total combined protected areas are approximately 2.1 million hectares, more than three times the size of Prince Edward Island.

The B.C. government says vast areas of temperate coastal rainforest — home to thousands of species of plants, birds and animals — are protected from natural resource development. Ancient cedar trees and tall Sitka spruce-lined streams will be preserved for generations to come. The region is also home to the elusive Spirit Bear, the B.C.’s official mammal.

“The Ulkatcho First Nation places tremendous importance on the Central and North Coast as a key area of our traditional territory, a sacred landscape and a vibrant ecosystem,” says Ulkatcho Chief Zach Parker. “We are encouraged by the province’s efforts to work with First Nations with respect to creating a healthy coastal economy.”

Donna Barnett, MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin, says the agreement with the Ulkatcho First Nation is an important step in the economic development of the region in a way that ensures maximum benefit to the people.

“At the same time it ensures any development is ecologically sound by protecting the delicate ecosystems and resources of the area. The agreement also provides the Ulkatcho First Nation with a role in managing this culturally significant area,” Barnett said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A 100 Mile RCMP officer stands watch at the intersction of Highway 97 and Horse Lake Road. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Volunteers, police search Highway 97 for articles related to high-speed chase

Search will stretch from Canco Gas Station in Lac La Hache to 150 Mile House.

An aerial photograph captures snowmobile tracks in the Cameron Ridge area earlier this year, which is closed to snowmobilers. The closures are in place to protect sensitive caribou herds. (Conservation Officer Service photo)
Snowmobilers fined for operating in closed caribou habitat near Likely, B.C.

The investigation revealed they had spent several hours in the closure leaving extensive tracks

The RCMP arrest one of the suspects on Highway 97 courtesy of cell phone footage shot by a bystander. (April Thomas photo)
WATCH: Two suspects arrested after multi-jurisdictional chase

A half dozen police cars were seen heading north on Highway 97

Commercial tenants at the Williams Lake Regional Airport have been granted an additional six-month rent reprieve. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Continuing rent relief for Williams Lake Airport tenants considered

City council discussed the option during a committee of the whole meeting

The Grade 2 class of 150 Mile House Elementary attended Cariboo Memorial Hospital with teacher Kirsty Bowers to deliver “kindness” bags full of small gifts to housekeeping staff. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
150 Mile House students deliver gift bags showing appreciation for hospital staff

Students begin Monday morning with a bus trip to Cariboo Memorial Hospital

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

This poster, spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19 restrictions, has been popping up in communities across Vancouver Island.
Poster popping up on Vancouver Island falsely claims COVID restrictions are over

Unattributed poster claims COVID restrictions ended March 1; Island Health responds

COVID-19 vaccines were available at a site on East Pender in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Feb. 25. (Twitter/Sarahblyth17)
Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents offered $5 after getting COVID-19 vaccine

It’s an effort to ‘incentivize people to engage,’ says B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix

A survey by Statistics Canada finds Black Canadians earn less than non-visible minority Canadians despite having higher levels of education. (The Canadian Press file photo)
COVID-19 worsened unemployment picture for Black Canadians

Black Canadians also more likely to suffer other hardships

On June 23, 2020, Sunrise Rotary announced it will be donating $50,000 in support of the Bridge Youth and Family Services for the construction of the “Okanagan Youth Recovery House” project for young people under the age of 19 who are experiencing addiction. (Contributed)
Interior Health adds 10 youth substance-use treatment beds in the Okanagan

The Bridge Youth and Family Services will operate the beds

(Black Press Media files)
B.C. teacher transferred then suspended after students report feeling ‘scared, nervous’

Authorities found that teacher did not create inviting, respectful environment for students

Victoria’s Swartz Bay terminal. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries offers cheaper, prepaid fare options

Ferry service preparing for busy terminals when travel restrictions are lifted

FILE - Dolly Parton arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning singer, actor and humanitarian posted a video on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, of her singing just before getting her COVID-19 vaccine shot. Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee for coronavirus research. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
‘Vaccine, vaccine’: Dolly sings ‘Jolene’ rewrite before shot

The Grammy-winning legend turned 75 this year

Most Read