ILMB News Releases

This is a collection of the latest ILMB related news releases.

July 31, 2008

TWO FIRST NATIONS JOIN HISTORIC CLEARINGHOUSE PROJECT
COMOX – As a demonstration of the Province’s commitment to the New Relationship and the success of the Nanwakolas Clearinghouse pilot project, a First Nations referral process similar to FrontCounter BC, the Kwakiutl and We Wai Kai First Nations have joined the Nanwakolas Clearinghouse, Agriculture and Lands Minister Stan Hagen and Nanwakolas Council President Dallas Smith announced today.

Clearinghouse Pilot Project Framework Agreement
Area Map


July 4, 2008

UNIQUE AGREEMENT WILL BENEFIT LAKE KOOCANUSA
CRANBROOK – The Province, Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) and Ktunaxa First Nation have signed an agreement that aims to balance social, cultural, environmental and economic values in the Lake Koocanusa area.

Engagement Protocol


June 20, 2008

MOUNTAIN CARIBOU STRATEGY MAKING STRONG HEADWAY
VICTORIA – Government is making progress on the planning, consultation and legal changes to protect 2.2 million hectares of mountain caribou habitat.


April 11, 2008

PROVINCE AND LILWAT SIGN HISTORIC LAND-USE AGREEMENT
WHISTLER - After several years of government-to-government negotiations, the Province and the Lilwat Nation have signed a historic land-use agreement that encompasses just under 800,000 hectares, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell and Lilwat Nation Chief Leonard Andrew announced.

Area Map


March 26, 2008

B.C., TAKU RIVER TLINGIT BUILD PLAN FOR SUSTAINABILITY
ATLIN - The Province and the Taku River Tlingit First Nation are working together to create a plan for sustainable use of natural resources in northwestern B.C. and have signed a framework agreement to solidify their commitment, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell and Taku River Tlingit First Nation spokesperson Sandra Jack announced today.


March 26, 2008

$500K SPURS ECONOMIC GROWTH IN QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS
QUEEN CHARLOTTE - The Province is demonstrating its support for the communities of Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands by providing $500,000 to help create an office that will co-ordinate economic development opportunities on the islands, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today at the Forest Service office in Queen Charlotte.


February 7, 2008

MILESTONE REACHED: COASTAL BC ON TARGET FOR EBM BY 2009
Forest resource development on the Central and North Coast of B.C. is now subject to a new legal framework that begins the process of establishing ecosystem-based management (EBM). Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell made the announcement along with First Nations, industry representatives and environmentalists.


December 12, 2007

SUSTAINABLE LAND-USE AGREEMENT REACHED FOR HAIDA GWAII
VANCOUVER – Nearly half of the land base of Haida Gwaii will rest within protected areas as a result of a strategic land-use agreement announced by Premier Gordon Campbell and Guujaaw, President of the Council of the Haida Nation.


August 31, 2007

SHUSWAP AREA FORESHORE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY REFINED
KAMLOOPS – The Province is refining the process for commercial foreshore development on Shuswap and Mara lakes after consultation with local governments.


August 23, 2007

FRONTCOUNTER BC & OGC PROVIDE COMBINED EXPERTISE
FORT ST. JOHN – FrontCounter BC has opened in Fort St. John to deliver services to natural resource clients throughout the Peace region, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Richard Neufeld announced on behalf of Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell.


August 9, 2007

B.C. MOVES TO EASE DEVELOPMENT DEMANDS IN SHUSWAP AREA
KAMLOOPS - The Province is taking a sustainable approach to development on Shuswap and Mara lakes by implementing a temporary delay on foreshore development.


July 31, 2007

B.C. LEADS THE WORLD IN ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT
VICTORIA – Coastal B.C. is one step closer towards the establishment of ecosystem-based management of forest resources, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today with the signing of the ministerial order to legally establish the South Central Coast Legal Land-Use Objectives.


July 30, 2007

DYNO NOBEL MANUFACTURING PLANT APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE
VICTORIA – The Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) within the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands has conditionally approved Dyno Nobel's application for the construction of an explosives manufacturing plant on Crown land in the Robson Valley.


July 26, 2007

PROVINCE AND SQUAMISH NATION REACH LAND-USE AGREEMENT
VICTORIA – New land-use decisions in partnership with the Squamish Nation will protect cultural areas through the establishment of new conservancies and create a framework for collaborative and sustainable land management, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced.


July 18, 2007

MORICE PLAN ENSURES SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
HOUSTON – Land-use decisions for the Morice planning area will ensure long-term sustainable resource management and critical habitat protection for the area, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced.


July 11, 2007

PARTNERSHIPS SAVED ANIMALS, MITIGATED DISASTER
ABBOTSFORD – Preparation, partnership and perseverance were key in helping the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands deal successfully with the 2007 flooding event, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today as he personally thanked those involved.


July 6, 2007

PROVINCE AND IN-SHUCK-CH REACH LAND-USE AGREEMENT
PEMBERTON – A new land-use agreement in partnership with In-SHUCK-ch Nation will protect sensitive areas for the In-SHUCK-ch through the establishment of cultural management areas and conservancies and provide greater certainty for economic development in the plan area, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.


June 27, 2007

LOCAL FIRST NATIONS MANAGE BIG SPRINGS RECREATION AREA
CRANBROOK – The Big Springs recreation area located on Lake Koocanusa near Grasmere, formerly managed by the Province, is now under the management of the Tobacco Plains Indian Band.


June 7, 2007

BLESSING CEREMONY COMMEMORATES HISTORIC AGREEMENT
VICTORIA – A traditional First Nations blessing ceremony for a cedar log destined to be carved into an ocean-going canoe commemorates the historic Coastal B.C. Land Use Decision announced in February 2006 and embodies the spirit of collaboration and principles of sustainability that characterize the agreement, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.


May 31, 2007

LAND USE AGREEMENT PROPOSED FOR HAIDA GWAII
VICTORIA – A draft Strategic Land Use Agreement (SLUA) initialled by the government and the Council of the Haida Nation moves the islands known as Haida Gwaii or Queen Charlotte Islands a large step closer to resolution of long-standing land use and resource management issues, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.


May 8, 2007

PROVINCE, NANWAKOLAS FINALIZE CLEARINGHOUSE PLANS
VICTORIA – The Province is contributing $225,000 to the Nanwakolas Council to create a pilot project that will streamline First Nations referrals and consultation related to natural resource applications in their territories, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.


March 22, 2007

FUNDING WILL HELP MOUNTAIN CARIBOU RECOVERY
CRANBROOK – The Province has provided $50,000 to the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation (BCSF) to develop best management practices, education and outreach materials, and has also launched new highway signage and a new snowmobiling guide, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.


March 22, 2007

CRANBROOK GAINS FRONTCOUNTER BC EXPERTISE
CRANBROOK – A new FrontCounter BC office is now open in Cranbrook to provide business and citizens access to natural resource-related information and authorizations, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.


March 22, 2007

FRONTCOUNTER BC OPEN TO SERVE SMITHERS
SMITHERS – FrontCounter BC’s award-winning services are now available in Smithers to serve natural resource clients, Bulkley Valley-Stikine MLA Dennis MacKAY announced today on behalf of Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell.


February 8, 2007

FRONTCOUNTER BC, GATEWAY TO ASIA PACIFIC OPPORTUNITIES
SURREY – Award-winning FrontCounter BC is now open in Surrey to serve natural resource-based clients, with a specific focus on Asia Pacific business prospects, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.


February 7, 2007

CENTRAL AND NORTH COAST – ONE YEAR LATER
A chronology of the Central Coast and North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan’s progress over the past year:


December 22, 2006

KOOTENAY-BOUNDARY VARIANCE ENHANCES BIODIVERSITY
VICTORIA – A new variance to the Kootenay-Boundary Higher Level Plan Order (HLPO) will enhance biodiversity, caribou habitat, and timber and recreational values in the northern part of the Golden Timber Supply Area, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.


October 26, 2006

LAND AGREEMENT TO BENEFIT PRINCETON & REGION
VICTORIA – The Province, the Town of Princeton and the Upper Similkameen Indian Band have signed a Statement of Intent to work together to develop a parcel of Crown land for potential residential development, announced Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell.


October 24, 2006

STAKEHOLDER INPUT SOUGHT FOR MOUNTAIN CARIBOU RECOVERY
VICTORIA – To develop a successful mountain caribou recovery plan, the provincial government is seeking input and support from stakeholders regarding the mountain caribou science team's findings and conclusions on thestate of mountain caribou in British Columbia, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell said today.


October 23, 2006

IMPROVED SERVICE FOR SMALL BUSINESS, RESOURCE SECTORS
VICTORIA – A new FrontCounter BC office and a partnership between FrontCounter BC and Small Business BC give South Island small and natural resource-based businesses single-window access to information and help needed to start or expand operations, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell and Small Business and Revenue Minister and Minister Responsible for Regulatory Reform Rick Thorpe announced today.


October 16, 2006

OFFICE TO BETTER SERVE SMALL BUSINESS, RESOURCE SECTORS
WILLIAMS LAKE – A new office will deliver an award-winning, integrated service to government's natural resource clients and similar time-saving help to new and growing small businesses.


October 02, 2006

GITXAALA INK MANAGEMENT, PLANNING PACTS WITH GOVERNMENT
KITKATLA – The Gitxaala First Nation met with government officials on Dolphin Island, off the coast of B.C. near Prince Rupert, to sign land use planning and collaborative protected area management agreements as part ofthe historic Central and North Coast Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMPs).


August 01, 2006

FRONTCOUNTER BC OPEN TO SERVE NANAIMO & AREA
NANAIMO – FrontCounter BC is now open in Nanaimo to assist clients with natural resource authorizations, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced.


May 24, 2006

FRONTCOUNTER BC TO SERVE PRINCE GEORGE AND AREA CLIENTS
PRINCE GEORGE – FrontCounter BC is now open in Prince George to serve natural resource-based clients who want to start up a new business, or renew licenses or permits for an existing one, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.


May 05, 2006

KAMLOOPS RESIDENT WINS MINISTER’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
KAMLOOPS – Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell presented Steve Carr of Kamloops with the very first Ministry of Agriculture and Lands Minister's Award of Excellence today.


April 28, 2006

B.C. ANNOUNCES SPOTTED OWL RECOVERY ACTION PLAN
VICTORIA – The Province is immediately activating a $3.4-million, five-year action plan to recover B.C.'s northern spotted owl, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced.


March 28, 2006

NEXT PHASE OF LRMP STARTS WITH CELEBRATION
ALERT BAY – Eight chiefs from the KNT First Nations met with government officials in Alert Bay to celebrate the next phase of the historic Central and North Coast Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMPs).


March 01, 2006

B.C. MAPPING DATA NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE 24 HOURS A DAY
VICTORIA – As part of government's ongoing long-term plan to deliver services where and when needed, Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) base map products and services are now available to customers online 24 hours a day, sevendays a week, Minister of Agriculture and Lands Pat Bell announced today.


February 07, 2006

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES A NEW VISION FOR COASTAL B.C.
VANCOUVER – Provincial land use decisions for the Central Coast and the North Coast will preserve some of the most spectacular, ecologically diverse regions in the world, including critical Spirit Bear habitat, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.