The Ontario government has entered into a partnership with the Obishikakaang Resources, a forest management corporation owned by Lac Seul First Nation. Obishikakaang Resources was issued an enhanced Forest Resource Licence. It is felt that the issuance of this licence will create jobs and boost the local economy.
The enhanced licence will provide opportunities for Lac Seul First Nation to fully participate in negotiations about a new tenure model for forest and to ensure the ongoing sustainability of Ontario’s Crown forest. This initiative is expected to help the community gain practical experience in forest management while stimulating local economic development and creating jobs. According to an Ontario Provincial Government release, this is the first forest Resource Licence that enables a community to harvest wood and also manage the forest from which the wood is extracted. RSA’s
NOTO wishes to remind Resource Based Tourist operators and Forestry Companies that the Resource Stewardship Agreement was developed to facilitate a contractual business to business agreement between these two major business users of Ontario’s public forest. The RSA and associated guides can be accessed on the NOTO website: http://noto.ca/rsa/Stewardship.html