Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations


First Nations Woodland Licence

On June 8, 2011, the First Nations Woodland Licence (FNWL) became an area based, long term forest tenure unique to First Nations’ interest in the land and resources. FNWLs recognizes First Nations' asserted interests in the land and resources, including the protection of traditional use practices, the harvest and management of non-timber forest products, and other benefits. This long-term and area-based tenure will allow First Nations to have an increased role in forest stewardship, to protect traditional uses, to manage forest and land use in the area, and to improve their ability to secure investment and loans.

First Nations may be eligible to sign an FNWL if they sign a Forest Tenure Opportunity Agreement, if there is a source of replaceable annual allowable cut (AAC) , if there is an available operating area and if approved through mandate signed by the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. 

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