Chu Cho Forestry is 100% owned by Tsay Keh Dene Nation via its Economic Development Corporation.
The Tsay Keh Dene used and occupied the land and waters in their territory and beyond for thousands of years to sustain themselves and perpetuate their culture. The traditional territory is approximately 3,225,000 ha in size and crosses 4 Regional District boundaries.
The Nation requires a revenue stream that is renewable and an industry in which Nation members are able to fully participate. Timber and non-timber forest products not only provide this opportunity, but they offer a chance to perpetuate cultural practices in planning and business activities. The focus for the current administration is to build a stable economic base that provides full-time, long-term employment in a healthy environment with skilled positions, preferably in the Tsay Keh Dene territory. New forest development must be compatible with the values and the practices associated with traditional attachments and practices.
The priority for Chu Cho Forestry in the short term will be resource stewardship and strategic investment to maximize revenue generation from the sale of timber resources. Revenue from forestry ventures are at this time, intended to support and foster education and training programs and health and wellness initiatives; making a significant and visible societal impact.
The following describes the objectives for Tsay Keh’s participation in the forest sector over the near, mid and longer term. The steps in this strategic path focus in the first few years on generating revenue to fund healing and education and training programs as well as establishing a reputation of sound forest stewardship thus building capacity for the mid and longer term undertakings.
Years 1 to 3 – Focus is on Revenue Generation via Long Term Forest Tenure
- Secure long term forest tenure which is essential to First Nations Community/Economic Development.
- Generate Revenue from logs sales to:
- fund education and training programs,
- build partnerships,
- increase skilled labor capacity to participate in the forest industry (owner operator situations; silviculture positions; trucking etc.), and
- build additional capacity in professional forest management.
- Incorporate cultural practices where appropriate into forest stewardship.
Years 4 to 10 – Focus on Expanding Knowledge and Capacity of Community Members
- Expand knowledge and capacity in forest management and log marketing to generate more value from forest stands. Increased revenue generation will support:
- Maintain and diversify partnerships (program driven),
- Diversification of tenure to ensure operations are economically viable - Access to a combination of area and volume based tenures, and
- Continue to increase Tsay Keh members’ employment in the forest sector.
- Sustain operations through best management practices:
- Participation in operational R&D, and
- Forest stewardship
- Ecological and forest management education in Tsay Keh school system.
- Begin the development of forest products manufacturing that focuses on value added and compliments partnerships with existing forest products manufactures.
Years 10+ - Focus on Establishing Forestry as a Pillar of Community Economic Development
- Integrate forest management, log marketing and forest products manufacturing into community economic development to support healthy communities and healthy forests.
- Continued operations.
- Increased diversification of partnerships as necessary to increase capacity.
- Participation in the forest products sector.