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Forest Tenure Opportunity Agreements – Direct Awards

In May 2002 an amendment to the Forest Act allowed the Minister of Forests to invite First Nations to apply for forest licenses without competition. The timber volume for these licenses comes from beetle-kill and fire-damaged timber as well as from unlogged timber from other forest licenses. The following is a guideline to the ministry's Direct Award Policy.

Forest and Range Opportunity Agreements and Forest and Range Agreements have been replaced with Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement (managed by the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation) and will no longer include direct award of forest tenure opportunities. Forest tenures will now be awarded in Forest Tenure Opportunity Agreements (FTOA), satisfying the requirement for interim measures agreements within the Forest Act. Two versions of FTOAs are available depending on the type of forest tenure:

  • FTOA "A&B" – non-replaceable and replaceable volume based forest tenures (i.e. forest licence, forestry licences to cut)
  • FTOA "C" – replaceable area based forest tenures (i.e. First Nations Woodland Licence)
Date Signed First Nation Area Location Total Timber Volume m3 (000)
2013/03 Tk'emlups te Secwepemc
2013/03 Tk'emlups te Secwepemc
2013/03 Ktunaxa Communties
2013/03 Moricetown Band
2013/03 Shuswap
2013/03 Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation
2013/02 Malahat First Nation
2013/02 Kwaw-kwaw-Apilt First Nation
2013/02 Skwah First Nation
2013/02 Hupacasath First Nation
2013/02 Xwemalhkwu (aka Homalco) First Nation
2013/01 Tseshaht First Nation
2013/01 Lheidli T'enneh Band
2012/12 Nanwakolas First Nations
2012/12 Neskonlith Indian Band
2012/11 Lower Similkameen Indian Band
2012/11 Neskonlith Indian Band
2012/10 Kwadacha, Tsay Keh Dene and McLeod Lake
2012/09 Kwiakah First Nation
2012/09 Haisla Nation
2012/08 Splatsin First Nation
2012/07 Canim Lake Band
2012/05 Nak'azdli Band
2012/01 Nadleh Whuten Band
2012/03 Osoyoos Indian Band Southern Interior Oliver 70
2012/01 T'it'q'et Southern Interior Lillooet 26
2012/01 Splatsin Southern Interior Enderby 105
2011/12 Seabird Island Coast Agassiz 215
2011/12 Ts'Kw'aylaxw (Pavilion) Southern Interior Lillooet 108
2011/09 Sts'ailes (formerly Chehalis Indian Band) Coast Chilliwack 139
2011/08 Esketemc Southern Interior Williams Lake 320
2011/08 Skeetchestn Southern Interior Savona 312
2011/02 Simpcw (North Thompson) Southern Interior Barriere 500
2011/06 Ashcroft Southern Interior Ashcroft 250
2011/05 Osoyoos Indian Band Southern Interior Osoyoos 215
2011/04 Canim Lake Band Southern Interior 100 Mile House 300
2011/02 Upper Nicola Southern Interior Merritt 300
2011/03 Westbank3yr Southern Interior Kelowna 53
2011/01 Westbank Southern Interior Kelowna 75
2010/12 Lytton Southern Interior Lytton 1425
2010/10 Simpcw (North Thompson) Southern Interior Barriere 599
2010/09 Ktunaxa Nation Council Southern Interior Cranbrook 77
2010/09 Bonaparte Southern Interior Cache Creek 495
2010/08 Nadleh Whut'en Northern Interior Fraser Lake 375
2010/07 Penticton Southern Interior Penticton 102
2010/07 Stellat'en Northern Interior Fraser Lake 375
2010/06 Moricetown Northern Interior Smithers 154
2010/04 McLeod Lake Northern Interior McLeod Lake 4000
2010/05 Lillooet Tribal Council (St'at'imc) Southern Interior Lillooet 3000
2010/03 Canim Lake Southern Interior Canim Lake 100
2010/03 Upper Similkameen Southern Interior Keremeos 15
2010/03 Alexandria (?Esdilagh) Southern Interior Quesnel 250
2009/12 Coldwater Southern Interior Merrit 250
2009/10 Red Bluff15yr Southern Interior Quesnel 1125
2009/09 Snuneymuxw1yr Southern Interior Naniamo 11
2009/07 Nooaitch Southern Interior Merrit 100
2009/07 Shuswap5yr Southern Interior Invermere 23
2009/05 Ktunaxa Nation5yr Southern Interior Cranbrook 100
2009/05 Nicomen5yr Southern Interior Lytton 20
2009/03 Shaken Southern Interior Merritt 75
2009/01 Lower Nicola5yr Southern Interior Merrit 35
2009/01 Wispering Pines/High Bar/Little Shuswap/Shuswap 15yr Southern Interior Kamloops 3000
2009/01 Cook's Ferry 5yr Southern Interior Merrit 39
2009/01 Lower Similkameen5yr Southern Interior Keremeos 30
2008/12 Siska Southern Interior Lytton 75
2008/11 Mowachaht/Muchalaht Coast Gold River 200
2008/11 Lower_Similkameen3yr Southern Interior Keremeos 56
2008/10 Tl'etinqox-t'in (Anaham)10yr Southern Interior Williams Lake 2490
2008/10 Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-kwa-mish Coast Alert Bay 4
2008/10 Snaw-naw-as Coast Lantzville 15
2008/10 Malahat Coast Mill Bay 15
2008/09 Williams Lake Southern Interior Williams Lake 300
2008/05 Lower Nicola5yr Southern Interior Merrit 378
2008/05 Canoe Creek Southern Interior 100 Mile House 390
2008/05 Xats'ull (aka Soda Creek) Southern Interior Williams Lake 150
2008/03 Canoe Creek Southern Interior 100 Mile House 175
2008/02 Esketemc Southern Interior Williams Lake 740
2008/01 Bonaparte Southern Interior 100 Mile House 250
2008/01 Osoyoos Southern Interior Osoyoos 47
2007/10 Adams Lake Southern Interior Chase 81
2007/11 Whispering Pines/Clinton Southern Interior 100 Mile House 75
2007/10 Skeetchestn Southern Interior Savona 130
2007/09 Ulkatcho Southern Interior Anahim Lake 300
2007/09 Neskonlith Southern Interior Chase 66
2007/09 Xats'ull (aka Soda Creek) Southern Interior Williams Lake 300
2007/09 Canim Lake Southern Interior 100 Mile House 115
2007/09 Esketemc Southern Interior Williams Lake 75
2007/07 Wuikinuxv Coast Port Hardy 200
2007/06 Skin Tyee Northern Interior Southbank 268
2007/11 Nee Tahi Buhn Northern Interior Burns Lake 277
2007/06 Kwadacha Northern Interior Prince George 360
2007/05 Lower Similkameen Southern Interior Keremeos 52
2007/05 Lower Similkameen Southern Interior Keremeos 24
2007/04 Splatsin (aka Spallumcheen) Southern Interior Enderby 82
2007/04 Cheslatta Carrier Nation Northern Interior Burns Lake 796
2007/04 Upper Nicola Southern Interior Merritt 96
2007/03 Westbank Southern Interior Kelowna 142
2007/03 T'Sou-ke Coast Sooke + abt
2007/03 Blueberry River
(Oct 2008 Amendment)
Northern Interior Buick Creek 100
2007/03 Little Shuswap Southern Interior Chase 34
2007/03 Shuswap Southern Interior Kamloops 300
2007/02 Nazko First Nation Southern Interior Quesnel 625
2007/01 Upper Similkameen Southern Interior Keremeos 256
2006/12 Ashcroft 3yr Southern Interior Ashcroft 20
2006/12 Ulkatcho Southern Interior Anahim Lake 500
2006/12 Burns Lake
(Sept 2008 Amendment)
Northern Interior Burns Lake 208
2006/11 Adams Lake Southern Interior Chase 86
2006/11 Splatsin (aka Spallumcheen) Southern Interior Enderby 87
2006/10 Skeetchsetn 3yr Southern Interior Savona 102
2006/08 McLeod Lake Northern Interior McLeod Lake 875
2006/07 Kamloops 3yr Southern Interior Kamloops 124
2006/06 Bonaparte 3yr Southern Interior Cache Creek 100
2006/05 Tlowitsis 2yr Coast Campbell River 41
2006/02 Simpcw (aka North Thompson) 3yr Southern Interior Barriere 200
2006/02 Little Shuswap 3yr Southern Interior Chase 36
2006/02 Red Bluff Southern Interior Quesnel 250
2006/02 Lhoosk'uz Dene Southern Interior Quesnel 500
2005/12 Kaska Dena Northern Interior Lower Post 0
2005/11 Ehattesaht Coast Zebellos 119
2005/06 Esketemc Southern Interior Williams Lake 107
2004/12 North Thompson (aka Simpcw) Southern Interior Barriere 300
2004/06 Squamish Nation Coast Squamish up to 18
+ abt
2004/04 Sliammon Coast Powell River 1103
2004/03 Okanagan (Silver Star Park Tree Removal) Southern Interior Vernon 35
2004/03 Nadleh Whut'en Northern Interior Fraser Lake 750
2004/01 Kitselas/Kitsumkalum Northern Interior Terrace 500
2003/12 KNC B-4
December 2006 Amendment
Southern Interior Cranbrook 271
2003/12 Westbank First Nation Southern Interior Kelowna 100
2003/12 Spallumcheen (aka Splatsin) Southern Interior Enderby 80
2003/11 Northern Nlaka'Paumux Nation Tribal Council Southern Interior Lytton 100
2003/11 Okanagan Indian Band Southern Interior Vernon 100
2003/11 Shuswap Nation Tribal Council and Little Shuswap Indian Band B-8 Southern Interior Kamloops 1035
2003/09 Skidegate Coast Skidegate 10
2003/08 Stellat'en Northern Interior Fraser Lake 4502
2003/08 Burns Lake Indian Band (replaced by March 2004 FRA see above) Northern Interior Burns Lake 752
2003/08 Wet'suwet'en Northern Interior Burns Lake 75
2003/05 Toquaht Coast Barkley Sound 162
2003/05 Office of the Wet'suwet'en Northern Interior Smithers 500
2003/04 Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council B-5 Southern Interior Cranbrook + abt
2003/03 Lheidli Tenneh Northern Interior Prince George 150 incl abt
2003/03 Saik'uz (replaced by Nov 2003 FRA see above) Northern Interior Vanderhoof 4502
2003/01 Huu-ay-aht and Uchucklesaht Coast Port Alberni 265
2003/01 Ditidaht and Pacheedaht Coast Port Alberni 300
2002/11 Westbank1 Southern Interior Kelowna 7.5
2002/09 Westbank Southern Interior Kelowna 275 incl abt

B-# Denotes the number of bands participating in the Direct Award Agreement.
+ abt Denotes this agreement has an Area Based Tenure associated with it. Please refer to the FRA for specifics.
#-yr Denotes Mtn Pine Beetle Agreement is over a # year period.
1 Not a Direct Award Agreement. Direct award of forest licence (over one year) to further September 2002 Direct Award Agreement, pursuant to section 47.3 of the Forest Act.
2 Reflects volume from this agreement. Additionial volumes became available through subsequent agreeements.
3 Maximum volume amended as a result of Sliammon First Nations Interim Measures Agreement dated April 11, 2006.

Forest and Range Agreements

These agreements, introduced in 2003, provide for revenue-sharing and forest tenure opportunities. The timber volume comes from unlogged timber from existing forest licences and from timber that will be made available once the province-wide timber reallocation process is completed.

Forest and Range Agreements have been replaced with Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreements are no longer handled by the First Nations Relations Branch. These new agreements can be found with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation here: Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreements.

The following Forest and Range agreements are still in effect.

Date Signed First Nation Area Location Revenue Sharing (000,000)1 Total Timber Volume m3 (000)
2009/03 Takla Lake #3 Northern Interior Prince George 1.52 n/a
2009/03 Shackan Southern Interior Merrit .28 30
2009/03 Hupacasath Coast Port Alberni .57 n/a
2009/03 Tsilhqot'In Nation B-6
(May 2009 Amendment)
Southern Interior Williams Lake 7.7 844
2009/03 Penticton Southern Interior Penticton 2.2 236
2008/10 Mowachaht_Muchalaht Coast Gold River 1.29 77
2008/10 Nicoman Southern Interior Lytton .271 29
2008/10 Okanagan Southern Interior Vernon 4.14 n/a
2008/09 Williams Lake Southern Interior Williams Lake 1.195 130
2008/08 Gwawaenuk Coast Port McNeill .088 30
2008/08 Popkum Coast Chilliwack .075 n/a
2008/07 Cook's Ferry Southern Interior Spences Bridge .701 117
2008/04 Haida Coast Massett 9.49 n/a
2008/04 Ahousaht Coast Tofino 4.34 n/a
2008/04 Peters Coast Chilliwack .295 18
2008/04 Lower Nicola Southern Interior Merritt 2.37 257
2008/03 Nooaitch Southern Interior Merritt .466 50
2008/03 Tlazten Northern Interior Fort St James 3.56 TBD
2008/02 Klahoose Coast Campbell River .714 50
2008/02 Coldwater Southern Interior Merritt 1.794 207
2008/01 Matsqui Coast Matsqui .526 32
2008/01 Tsawataineuk
(March 2008 Amendment)
Coast Campbell River 1.225 73 incl abt
2007/10 Neskonlith Southern Interior Chase 1.4 152 incl abt
2007/07 Hesquiaht Coast Tofino 1.7 n/a
2007/07 T'it'q'et (aka Lillooet) Southern Interior Lillooet .872 52
2007/06 Taku River Tlingit Northern Interior Atlin .920 TBD
2007/05 Stz'uminus (aka Chemainus) Coast Ladysmith 2.65 + abt
2007/04 Sumas Coast Abbotsford .622 37
2007/04 Union Bar Coast Hope .230 14
2007/01 Lyackson Coast Chemainus .444 + abt
2006/12 Xaxli'p
(June 2006 Amendment)
Southern Interior Lillooet 2.57 128 incl abt

1 Revenue Sharing is over a 5 year period.
2 Revenue Sharing is over a 6 year period.
3 Denotes Squamish FRA is over a 1 year period.
4 Denotes this agreement is a Westbank IM Agreement extension.
5 Denotes Takla FRO is over a 9 month period.
6 Reflects only the additional volume authorized under this agreement (i.e. excludes Direct Award agreement volume).
7 Denotes Tsey Keh Dene FRO is over a 2 year period.
B-# Denotes the number of bands participating in the Forest and Range Agreement.
+ abt Denotes this agreement has an Area Based Tenure associated with it. The Woodlot volume is EXCLUDED from the Timber Volume value. Please refer to the Agreement for specifics.
incl abt Denotes this agreement has an Area Based Tenure associated with it. The Woodlot volume is INCLUDED with the Timber Volume value. Please refer to the Agreement for specifics.

Expired Forest and Range Agreements

The following agreements have expired but will remain online for historical purposes.

Date Signed First Nation Area Location Revenue Sharing (000,000)1 Total Timber Volume m3 (000)
2009/03 Tsay Key Dene Band Northern Interior Prince George .337 9
2008/07 Ditidaht Coast Port Alberni 1.61 173
2007/05 Takla Lake #2 Northern Interior Prince George .303 TBD
2007/03 Xats'ull (Soda Creek) Southern Interior Williams Lake .835 90
2007/02 Simpcw (aka North Thompson) Southern Interior Barriere 1.48 160
2007/02 Nuxalk Coast Bella Coola 3.31 311
2007/01 Upper Similkameen Southern Interior Keremeos .135 32incl abt
2006/12 Tla-o-qui-aht
(Oct 2009 Amendment)
Coast Tofino 1.99 12
2006/12 Ulkatcho Southern Interior Anahim Lake 2.15 232
2006/12 Mamalilkulla Coast Campbell River .918 99
2006/11 Adams Lake Southern Interior Chase 1.7 187
2006/11 Gitxsan
(Jan 2007 Amendment)
Northern Interior Hazelton 13.9 1200
2006/10 Lheidli T'enneh Northern Interior Prince George .914 1225
2006/10 Boston Bar Coast Boston Bar 5.76 35
2006/08 Gitanyow Northern Interior Kitwanga 1.79 430
2006/07 Canim Lake
(Dec 2008 Amendment)
Southern Interior 100 Mile House 1.36 150
2006/07 Squamish Coast North Vancouver 8.23 593
2006/07 Skeetchetsn Southern Interior Savona 1.16 125
2006/07 Shuswap Southern Interior Invermere .554 60
2006/07 Nak'azdli Northern Interior Fort St. James 4.03 585
2006/07 Wei Wei Kum Coast Campbell River 1.50 90
2006/07 Ashcroft Southern Interior Ashcroft .579 63 incl abt
2006/06 Canoe Creek Southern Interior Dog Creek 1.52 165
2006/06 KNC B-4
(May 2007 Amendment)
Southern Interior Cranbrook 2.35 270
2006/06 Lake Cowichan Coast Lake Cowichan .075 4
2006/06 Splats'in (aka Spallumcheen) Southern Interior Enderby 1.77 191
2006/05 Kwantlen Coast Fort Langley .434 26 incl abt
2006/05 Lake Babine Northern Interior Burns Lake 5.18 559
2006/05 Wet'suwet'en Northern Interior Burns Lake .516 639
2006/05 Takla Lake #1 5 Northern Interior Prince George .303 n/a
2006/04 Sliammon Coast Powell River 2.71 190 + abt
2006/04 Da'naxda'xw/Awaetlala Coast Alert Bay .436 47
2006/02 Red Bluff Southern Interior Quesnel .325 35
2006/02 Lhoosk'uz Dene Southern Interior Quesnel .445 48
2006/01 Nuchatlaht
(Dec 2007 Amendment)
Coast Zeballos .333 48
2005/12 Tlowitsis Coast Campbell River .855 51
2005/12 Lower Kootenay (agreement became void as a result of KNC agreement signed 2005/12) Southern Interior Creston included within KNC agreement included within KNC agreement
2005/12 Halalt Coast Chemanius .481 n/a + abt
2005/12 Scowlitz Coast Lake Errock .566 34
2005/11 Cheam Coast Rosedale 1.07 64
2005/11 Skawahlook Coast Agassiz .181 11
2005/11 Leq' a:mel Coast Deroche .759 46
2005/11 Penelakut Coast Chemanius 1.93 n/a + abt
2005/11 Ehattesaht Coast Zebellos .649 70
2005/11 Lower Similkameen Southern Interior Keremeos 1.12 121
2005/10 Stellat'en Northern Interior Fraser Lake 2.06 3006
2005/10 Nadleh Whut'en Northern Interior Fort Fraser .970 n/a
2005/09 Westbank 4 Southern Interior Kelowna 1.50 90
2005/08 Comox
(Dec 2008 amendment)
Coast Comox .684 41 + abt
2005/07 Osoyoos Southern Interior Osoyoos 1.00 108
2005/06 Kaska Dena B-3 Northern Interior Lower Post 1.97 n/a
2005/04 Chawathil Coast Hope 1.16 69
2005/04 Uchucklesaht Coast Port Alberni .404 44
2005/04 Pacheedaht Coast Port Renfrew .642 37 + abt
2005/04 Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h' Coast Kyuquot 1.20 130
2005/03 Katzie Coast Pitt Meadows 1.16 69
2005/03 Squamish 3 Coast North Vancouver 1.65 99
2005/03 Yale Coast Hope .348 21
2005/03 Ts'kw'aylaxw (aka Pavillion) Southern Interior Cache Creek 1.20 72
2005/03 Wewaikai (aka Cape Mudge)
(May 2007 Amendment)
Coast Quathiaski Cove 2.10 102 + abt
2005/03 Siska Southern Interior Lytton .714 75
2005/03 Kamloops Southern Interior Kamloops 2.52 273
2005/02 Upper Nicola
(Dec 2005 amendment)
Southern Interior Merritt 2.06 218 + abt
2005/02 Namgis Coast Alert Bay 3.80 410
2005/02 Lil'wat Nation (aka Mount Currie) Coast Mount Currie 4.54 291
2005/02 N'Quatqua Coast D'Arcy .696 42
2005/02 Ditidaht (agreement replaced by July 2008 FRO see above) Coast Port Alberni see July 2008 FRO see July 2008 FRO
2004/12 Xwémalhkwu (aka Homalco)
(May 2006 Amendment)
Coast Campbell River 1.06 79
2004/12 Little Shuswap Southern Interior Shuswap .732 79
2004/11 Tsleil Waututh Coast North Vancouver .965 58
2004/11 Cheslatta Northern Interior Burns Lake .712 125
2004/10 Skin Tyee Northern Interior Burns Lake .303 125
2004/10 Tseshaht (May 2008 Amendment) Coast Port Alberni 2.18 236
2004/09 Seabird Island Coast Agassiz 1.79 108
2004/09 Kitkatla Coast Kitkatla 3.99 375
2004/09 Nee Tahi Buhn Northern Interior Burns Lake .311 125
2004/07 Quatsino
(May 2008 Amendment)
Coast Quatsino .961 58 + abt
2004/07 Shishalh Nation (aka Sechelt) Coast Sechelt 2.70 181
2004/04 In-shuck-ch B-3
(April 2009 Amendment)
Coast Mt. Currie 2.45 129
2004/04 Moricetown
(April 2009 Amendment)
Northern Interior Moricetown 4.92 463
2004/04 Bonaparte
(April 2009 Amendment )
Southern Interior Cache Creek 2.1 198
2004/04 Ch-ihl-kway-uhk B-8
(June 2006 Amendment )
Coast Chilliwack 3.78 227 + abt
2004/04 Nazko
(April 2009 Amendment)
Southern Interior Quesnel .831 79
2004/04 Esketemc
(April 2009 Amendment)
Southern Interior Williams Lake 2.04 191
2004/04 Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Coast Port Hardy 1.73 188
2004/04 Kwicksutaineuk/Ah'Kwaw'Ah'Mish
(April 2009 Amendment)
Coast Port Hardy .748 68
2004/03 Burns Lake
(2009 Amendment1)
Northern Interior Burns Lake .236 746
2004/03 Chehalis
(April 2009 Amendment)
Coast Chilliwack 2.76 139
2004/03 Ucluelet
(April 2009 Amendment)
Coast Ucluelet 1.82 91
2004/03 Yekooche Northern Interior Fort St James .444 48
2004/02 Haisla Northern Interior Kitimaat 3.79 360
2004/02 Heiltsuk
(Nov 2005 Amendment)
(April 2009 Amendment)
Coast Bella Bella 6.2 485
2004/02 Kitasoo Coast Klemtu 1.20 115
2004/02 Wuikinuxv (Oweekeno) Coast Port Hardy .625 60
2004/02 Cowichan Tribes Coast Duncan/Lake Cowichan 13.0 2
2004/01 Kitselas/Kitsumkalum
(April 2009 Amendment)
Northern Interior Terrace 3.35 300
2003/12 Metlakatla
(Oct 2008 Amendment)
Coast Prince Rupert 1.81 210
2003/11 Saik'uz Northern Interior Vanderhoof 1.88 5266
2003/10 Gitga'at
(Oct 2008 Amendment)
(April 2009 Amendment)
Coast Hartley Bay 1.96 290
2003/10 Lax Kw'aalams
(Oct 2008 Amendment)
Coast Port Simpson 7.19 650

1 Revenue Sharing is over a 5 year period.
2 Revenue Sharing is over a 6 year period.
3 Denotes Squamish FRA is over a 1 year period.
4 Denotes this agreement is a Westbank IM Agreement extension.
5 Denotes Takla FRO is over a 9 month period.
6 Reflects only the additional volume authorized under this agreement (i.e. excludes Direct Award agreement volume).
7 Denotes Tsey Keh Dene FRO is over a 2 year period.
B-# Denotes the number of bands participating in the Forest and Range Agreement.
+ abt Denotes this agreement has an Area Based Tenure associated with it. The Woodlot volume is EXCLUDED from the Timber Volume value. Please refer to the Agreement for specifics.
incl abt Denotes this agreement has an Area Based Tenure associated with it. The Woodlot volume is INCLUDED with the Timber Volume value. Please refer to the Agreement for specifics.

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