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Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and Coast Forest Products Association Sign Landmark MOU

April 7, 2017 Campbell River: The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) and the Coast Forest Products Association (Coast Forest) signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today in a move that will further strengthen the close ties between the forest sector and the coastal communities that depend on it.

The MOU was initiated after the findings of a forestry survey conducted by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) were released in 2016. The survey results pointed out communication and engagement gaps which remained between communities and forestry in British Columbia. To address these gaps, collaborative discussions followed and the MOU was drafted.

“We are very pleased to be signing this Memorandum of Understanding with Coast Forest Products Association today,” said AVICC President Barbara Price. “Communication is essential. We look forward to working with Coast Forest on a wide variety of forest issues. Forestry impacts all our communities.”

“Coast Forest and its member companies provide more than 38,000 women and men with well-paying, year-round jobs that support their families and communities,” says Rick Jeffery, President and CEO of Coast Forest Products Association. “We are very pleased to sign this MOU today as it will align the interests of both associations’ members to work together to deliver on the benefits of ongoing management of coastal B.C.’s sustainable, renewable forest resources.”

The MOU is a significant milestone in further defining the partnership between the forest sector and coastal communities as it outlines deliverables such as holding regular consultations and meetings that both the AVICC and Coast Forest will undertake in the coming months.

About the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities
The AVICC has a membership of 51 municipalities and regional districts that stretch from the Central Coast Regional District down to the tip of Vancouver Island and include Powell River and the Sunshine Coast. The Association deals with issues that affect these large urban areas to small rural communities including those related to the coastal forest sector.

About the Coast Forest Products Association
The CFPA is an association which advocates on behalf of 18 member companies operating on Crown land located on the coast of British Columbia. These companies produce logs, lumber, pulp, paper and other products.

For More Information Contact:
Susan Gagnon
CFPA, Vice President, Communications & Research
604.891.1240
gagnon@coastforest.org

Liz Cookson
AVICC, Executive Coordinator
250.356.5122
lcookson@ubcm.ca