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Lake Babine Nation standing up for their share of the forestry resource

The Lake Babine Nation is making it clear that it wants a bigger share of their forestry pie.

At a meeting on Monday, the Lake Babine Nation met with representatives of the forestry industry to discuss how they can increase their share of timber allocations in their traditional territory.

Chief Wilf Adam of the Lake Babine Nation says about 2-million cubic metres of timber is harvested from their territory, but they’re allocated about 4% of that number.

He says as a starting position, they want that bumped up to 15% to 20% or about 250,000 cubic metres per year.

The Lake Babine Nation took a carrot and a stick approach towards industry.

Adam says they rather work with the forestry companies to come to a collaborative solution, then to have to go through a lengthy and costly court battle.

Adam says it’s only been the last couple years that they’ve started to make progress in their demands for a higher share, saying their previous calls “fell on deaf ears.”

He adds the forestry industry representatives they’ve met so far have been receptive, with more meetings planned for the future.

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