In recent years, the First Nations Leadership Council and the Province of British Columbia have worked extensively and collaboratively to address forestry‐related issues affecting First Nations in British Columbia. This includes significant effort with respect to the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic and the Forest and Range Opportunity Agreement (FRO) template agreement. The New Relationship, the First Nations Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan, and the April 2006 Commitments Document all reference the importance of resolving the outstanding matters related to the FROs.
Significant technical and political efforts have also been expended to improve the economic viability of forest tenures held by First Nations. At the technical level, a joint First Nations Forestry Council‐Ministry of Forests and Range working group (the First Nations Forest Strategy Working Group) was formed in May 2007 to develop recommendations to improve tenure viability. This Working Group has produced a draft report, but has been unable to reach consensus on joint recommendations and has indicated that political intervention is required to resolve this pressing issue.
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