Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management
QUEEN CHARLOTTES - HAIDA GWAII LAND-USE PLANNING
A land and resource management planning process was announced
in 1997 but failed to get past the preliminary phase. The primary
product of that phase was the draft background report, An Overview
of Natural, Cultural, and Socio-Economic Features, Land Uses and
Resource Management, printed in 1999.
The new planning process will reflect the government's streamlined
approach, and the plan will balance the need for sustainable economic
development with the need to maintain environmental values. The
process will follow tight timelines and take no more than 24 months.
The Council of the Haida Nation supports land-use planning and
is working with the ministry to define the process, set to begin
in the spring of 2002, consistent with a protocol agreement signed
in April 2001. There are no strategic land-use plans guiding resource
The Plan Area
The Queen Charlotte Islands - Haida Gwaii to the Haida - are about
90 kilometres west of the north coast of mainland B.C. The archipelago
contains 150 islands and hundreds of islets. The total land area
is just over a million hectares. Of that land, 427,400 hectares
is timber supply area, 323,100 hectares is tree farm licence areas,
and 232,000 hectares is parkland and reserve.
The Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve is 147,500 hectares and
encompasses the southern portion of Moresby Island. Naikoon Provincial
Park, totalling 73,800 hectares, occupies the northeast corner
of Graham Island.
About 6,000 people live in the Queen Charlotte Islands; a third
are members of the Haida Nation.
The economy of the Queen Charlotte Islands is primarily resource-based.
The main industry is forestry, followed by fishing and the public
and service sectors. There are concerns about the sustainability
of the area's resources, amount of local benefits generated from
the use of island resources, and competing land-use interests.
For more information on the Ministry of Sustainable
Resource Management, visit our Web site at http://www.gov.bc.ca/srm.