Upcoming Sustainable Forest Management Committee (SFMC) Meetings:
Role of Public Participation in Forest Certification
The Company recognizes the importance, and the need for public and user group consultation as an important component of forest management planning. Both formal and informal approaches have been developed over the years by the Company to reflect community values, as well as address specific sites and concerns of both individuals and groups.
Public Participation Info Sheet - PDF
Forest Management License Area (FMLA) - Sustainable Forest Management Committee (SFMC)
In 1996 the Company established the Forest Resource Advisory Committee (FRAC) to serve as an ongoing forum where representatives from across FMLA can share knowledge, interests, views, values and concerns with respect to forest management activities. This forum is intended to allow for open, fair and orderly discussion on these matters. The ongoing committee includes representatives from a broad cross-section of stakeholders across the FMLA and is currently known as the Sustainable Forest Management Committee. Currently the committee meets several per year. Membership is open to the general public and organizations. For more information or to join the committee contact Andrew Forward (204-623-8510).
- Sustainable Forest Management Committee Meetings
- Sustainable Forest Management Committee Ground Rules - PDF
Annual Plan Public Information Meetings
Each year prior to the Annual Harvest and Renewal Plan being submitted to Manitoba Conservation for approval, the Company holds public information meetings across the FMLA. A large cross-section of the public is invited via a letter of invitation to these meetings. The meetings are also advertised in local newspapers/radio/community bulletin boards to ensure the general public is aware and has an opportunity to participate. The meetings are used to inform the public about the specific forest management activities that are planned on the FMLA during the upcoming year. The meetings generate general discussions with local resource users and the general public; and, the process allows the Company to consider public concerns in the further development of the Annual Operating Plan.