100% owned by the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation that has been operating since 1996. Beginning in 2013, Kitasoo Forest Company and Western Forest Products (WFP) developed a joint business venture to maximize the benefits from the timber in Kitasoo/Xai’xais Territory. Kitasoo/Xai’xais are working to control as much of the forest in Kitasoo/Xai’xais territory as possible for the benefit of the community. Our goals are to develop jobs and economic opportunities for Klemtu and to protect the environment and Kitasoo/Xai’xais culture. To accomplish these goals, over 50% of the territory is protected from timber harvesting and development, and all timber harvesting operations that are undertaken are guided by Ecosystem Based Management (EBM).
Over half of Kitasoo/Xai’xais territory is protected from forestry operations. In the areas that are open to timber harvesting, we are committed to ensuring that operations respect and protect Kitasoo/Xai’xais culture, wildlife, and the natural environment. To this end, cultural features such as culturally modified trees are protected, as are bear dens and class I grizzly bear habitat. Visual quality – the visibility of cut to the public – is also carefully considered.
Kitasoo Forest Company is certified as a Sustainable Forestry Initiative, which recognizes that we have demonstrated on the ground commitment to healthy and productive forests.