Another woodlot has been given the go-ahead to start sustainable logging on Blue Mountain.
Kwantlen First Nations recently received approval for its woodlot licence and could start logging this year, said band spokesperson Tumia Knott.
It will be the third woodlot on the mountain after Blue Mountain Woodlot and BCIT Woodlot and will operate the same way on 800 hectares, north of the BCIT woodlot.
The annual allowable cut will be similar to the Blue Mountain Woodlot only over a larger area.
When the application for licence No. 0086 was under review last December, the proposal was for logging 5,200 cubic metres a year.
Kwantlen also recently signed a revenue-sharing agreement with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.
That will give the Langley-based band $81,464 in the first year under the Forest Consultation and Revenue-Sharing Agreement that reflects logging that’s underway in the band’s traditional territory.
Kwantlen territory extends to Maple Ridge and includes Indian Reserve No. 5 on Lougheed Highway, which will be the site a big-box shopping mall, the first stage in a development that will include new suburbs on band land at 250th Street.