Nootka Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC)
115-396 Nimpkish, Gold River V0P 1G0
Ph: (250) 283-9260 Fx: (250) 283-9270
In 1997 the Ministry of Forests granted a community forest license to the municipalities of Tahsis, Zeballos and Gold River. The NSEDC was formed to manage the license. The non-renewable forest license was for 40,000 cubic metres harvested annually for 15 years. The shareholders are the 3 municipalities, and they appoint one member from each municipal council and two local representatives a total of 9 board members.
Currently, the Ministry of Forests has reduced the total allowable cut for the Strathcona Timber Supply Area, and the current cut for the NSEDC license is now 35,766 cubic metres.
The Corporation holds a portion of the proceeds from timber sales, and dividends are paid to the shareholding municipalities on an annual basis. 12,000 cubic metres of the annual allowable cut is made available for local use, and over the years a number of small manufacturers in each community have made use of the available fiber usually cedar and cypress of premium grades.
The Nootka Sound area is rugged coastal rainforest over volcanic rock, with thin topsoil and outcroppings of bedrock and boulders. The mountains are covered in forests of cedar, hemlock, fir, and cypress; brush and vegetation is quick growing and lush. The island exists in a mild climatic pocket untouched by the Ice Age glaciers so the coastal mountains are steep and the inlets resemble the fjords of Norway. The long winding inlets, scattered islands and steep mountains combine to create sheltered waterways. Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet and Tahsis Inlet are consequently protected from the full force of the Pacific winds and waves.
Our area of the West Coast of Vancouver Island from Brooks Peninsula to Estevan is classified as a temperate rainforest, and has the mildest weather in Canada with a mean annual temperature range of 9 degrees Celsius. Summers are temperate and sunny, with the peak temperature occurring in August. Winters are mild with some snowfall during the winter months, mostly at higher elevations.
Rainfall is strongly seasonal with peak rainfall occurring October to December and minimum rainfall occurring June to August. Total rainfall averages 3,000 to 4,000 mm per year, one of the highest in Canada.
Fog is relatively common along the coast, with most fog occurrences from October though February, with a secondary peak in August.
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Toll Free: 1-800-663-7867
Land and Water British Columbia Inc.
Service Centre - Nanaimo
501-345 Wallace St, Nanaimo BC V9R 5B6
Ph: (250) 741-5650 Fx: (250) 741-5686
Shellfish Business Unit
501-345 Wallace St
Nanaimo BC V9R 5B6
Ph: (250) 741-5650 Fx: (250) 741-5686
Land and Water British Columbia manages allocation of Crown land and water for the provincial government for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and recreational use.
LWBC assists communities with local development issues, and makes crown land available to support sustainable economic growth. Land and Water BC is an essential first stop for entrepreneurs seeking to use crown land and waters for business or recreational purposes.
Ministry of Forests (MOF)
370 South Dogwood Street
Campbell River, BC, V9W 6Y7
Ph: (250) 286-9300
The Ministry of Forests issues licenses and permits for using or transporting crown timber.
Regional District of Comox-Strathcona (RDCS)
600 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC, V9N 3P6
Ph: (250) 334-6000 Fx: (250) 334-4358
Toll Free: 1-800-331-6007
The RDCS governs rural residents and represents Comox-Strathcona municipalities on regional issues. The RDCS governs land use outside of municipal boundaries in the Comox-Strathcona region.
The RDCS also provides detailed GIS (Geographical Information Services) Maps on their website: www.imap.rdcs.bc.ca/imap/onpoint