North Island Central Coast Resource Profile


General Information


The North Island - Central Coast Resource District office is located in Port McNeill on Northern Vancouver Island with a field office located in the Bella Coola Valley community of Hagensborg.  About 80 staff work out of the district office and 2 staff are located at the field office. 


There are 15 communities in the District with a total population of about 20,000.  In the North Island portion of the District, about 25% of the population is made up of 11 First Nations represented by the Musgamagw Tsawtaineuk Tribal Council, The Kwakiutl District Council, and the independent band, the Tlowitsis-Mumtagila.  More than half of the population in the Central Coast portion of the District is aboriginal, including members of the Nuxalk, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo and Wuikinuxv Nations. 


The Natural Environment


The North Island's spectacular geography, formed through glacial, fluvial and volcanic action, varies from the rugged peaks of the coast mountain range on the mainland to the Nahwitti lowlands on Northern Vancouver Island.  The elevation ranges from sea level to a maximum height of 4,019 metres on Mount Waddington in the northeast corner of the District.


The land base is approximately 50% mountain, lakes and glacier, 1% urban, and the remaining 49% is forested.  The North Island - Central Coast Resource District contains 10 different biogeoclimatic zones.  


Wildlife is abundant in the area with black-tailed deer, mule deer, black bear, grizzly bear, Roosevelt elk, cougar, moose, mountain goat and wolves.  Bird species include red tailed hawks, bald eagles, cormorants, Canada geese, marbled murrelets and northern goshawk.  In the Central Coast there are a number of rare or protected wildlife species including Kermode bears, grizzly bears, marbled murrelets, killer whales, sea otters and the Queen Charlotte goshawk. 


The district's numerous river systems support Dolly Varden, char, steelhead, cutthroat and rainbow trout.  Saltwater commercial and sport species of fish include coho, chinook, chum, pink and sockeye salmon, herring, eulachon, halibut, ling cod, red snapper, and many other bottom dwelling species.



The Forest Economy

About 1,800 jobs within the district are directly supported by the forest industry.  Fishing, tourism and service industries make up the rest of the area's non-forestry economy. Thousands more British Columbians outside of the district depend upon the area's natural resources for their jobs in primary sawmilling, the pulp and paper industry, the value-added sector, tourism as well as the services and supply industries.


Please refer to the following documents for a detailed socio-economic analysis, but please note these are now historical TSA's:




The Administrative Environment


The NICCRD is divided into the North Island, Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) North and the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) South Timber Supply Areas (TSA's).

The GBR North TSA covers 5.0 million hectares, is located on B.C.'s central coast and includes the community of Bella Coola and Prince Rupert.  About 93% of the TSA is not available for public forest management, either because it is comprised mainly of rock, ice and alpine, or because it is an environmentally sensitive area, private land, or an inoperable area.  Therefore, the remaining 7% of the TSA is all that is available for long-term integrated forest management.  However, under the Forest Practices Code, part of this 7% will be protected as sensitive areas, riparian management areas and wildlife tree patches.  The current allowable annual cut for the GBR North TSA is 803,000 cubic metres.

The GBR South TSA encompasses 1.5 million hectares on the Central Coast.  The TSA includes the areas between Cape Caution and Sonora Island.   The current allowable annual cut for the GBR South TSA is 830,500 cubic metres.

The North Island TSA encompasses 1.5 million hectares on northern Vancouver Island.  The TSA includes the towns of Port McNeill and Port Hardy within the district but also includes the towns of Campbell River and Courtenay to the south.   The current allowable annual cut for the Kingcome TSA is 1,248,100 cubic metres.

For information on the AAC's , please refer to:




An untapped reservoir of recreational opportunities, the North Island - Central Coast Resource District has excellent fishing, magnificent sailing in and around the archipelagos, untouched beaches on the mainland and west coast of Vancouver Island, and is the launching point for the North West Passage.  Visitors from all over North America and Europe come to this area for steelhead and salmon fishing, pleasure boating, kayaking and wildlife viewing, hunting, camping and mountain climbing.  Spectacular sites unique to the North Island include hundreds of caves and karst (limestone) related features, world class scuba diving, and the world's largest burl.   


On a yearly basis the recreation sites are maintained so British Columbians can enjoy world class recreation. Assistance in the recreation program  is provided by Timberwest Forest Ltd. and Western Forest Products Inc. which maintain recreational sites within their TFLs.  Approximately 40,000 visitors per year use the Forest Service and licensee-supported recreation facilities. 


Numerous parks lie in and around the NICC Resource District area.  Tweedsmuir Park South (at 982,427 hectares is one of the largest provincial parks in B.C.), Codville Lagoon Marine Park (also known as Sagar Lake Park, 654 hectares), the Hakai (122,634 hectares) and Fiordland (84,057 hectares) recreation areas, and the network of small marine parks along the inside passage are protected areas in the Central Coast that provide popular tourism and recreation resources.  The Recreation program manages:

  1. 9 district recreation sites, including 7 marine anchorages

  2. 32 recreation sites managed cooperatively with major licensees

  3. 3 hiking trails totalling 17 km

  4. 4 interpretative trails totalling 3 km.

For more information on recreation within the NICCRD please visit our Recreation Program webpage.



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