Robin Hood from Likely, B.C. may not have been from Nottingham but his legend for those involved in the province’s community forests is as big as the heart he had for the communities in which he worked.
Last night, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced the creation of a new $10,000 grant to be given annually to the community forest that best exemplifies the values exhibited by the late Robin Hood and the community forest program.
These values include community leadership, providing local and social economic opportunity and passion for community forestry. Thomson made the announcement at the 14th annual BC Community Forests Association convention.
“Robin Hood’s dedication to bringing success to his community and local forest stewardship is admirable,” Thomson said. “His big heart and positive influence touched the lives of those around him. These annual grants will recognize the community forest that best exhibits the values he demonstrated and will raise the profile of the community forest program.”
These values include community leadership, providing local and social economic opportunity and passion for community forestry.
Thomson made the announcement at the 14th annual BC Community Forests Association convention.
The inaugural award is being granted to the Likely-Xat’súll Community Forest for which Robin Hood was instrumental in establishing; one of the first under the community forest pilot program in the late 1990s.
The grants will be used for community, project-based proposals such as recreation trail construction and maintenance, incremental silviculture, and community fireproofing and fuel management. These activities will help to further support local, community employment and raise the profile of the community forest program in Robin Hood’s honour.
Significantly dedicated to the success of community forests, Robin Hood passed away after a short battle with cancer in March of this year.