Closing Letter: Planning for Landscape-level Biodiversity and Approval of an Extension to a FSP
In April 2018, the Forest Practices Board received a complaint from the Lhtako Dene Nation alleging that Tolko (the forest licensee) did not follow through on commitments it made as part of the resolution of a previous complaint to the Board. The new complaint also said that the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development approved an extension to Tolko’s forest stewardship plan without consulting the Lhtako Dene Nation. Tolko requested another extension, but it was not approved.
During 2019, the Ministry completed consultation with the Lhtako Dene Nation and subsequently approved a six-month extension to the expired forest stewardship plan. The complaint was resolved because the Lhtako Dene Nation say they were consulted by the Ministry and believe the conditions attached to Tolko’s approved forest stewardship plan extension will help to ensure more effective management of landscape-level biodiversity and wildlife in their Traditional Territory.