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Organization cited for land stewardship leadership

Forest Stewardship Council recognizes Wahkohtowin Development
Wahkohtowin Development partners with Green First Forest Products on land stewardship initiatives.

Wahkohtowin Development is being lauded for its land stewardship work by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Wahkohtowin is one of 17 organizations and three projects to be cited as part of the 2023 FSC-US Leadership Awards, “recognizing uncommon excellence that advances responsible forest management and forest conservation.”

“It is a great honour to recognize the efforts of such diverse organizations and individuals,” Stuart Hale, co-chair of the FSC-US board of directors, said in a news release.

“They are leading the way in demonstrating how well-managed forests can provide benefits through sustainable resources and natural climate solutions.”

Wahkohtowin is a social enterprise founded by three First Nations — Chapleau Cree First Nation, Missanabie Cree First Nation and Brunswick House First Nation — that seeks to pursue economic and employment opportunities focussed on sustainable forestry practices.

The FSC acknowledged Wahkohtowin for “partnering with FSC Canada and Green First at the intersecting areas of land stewardship, sustainability, respecting and upholding Indigenous rights, climate change mitigation and cultural revitalization.”

Launched in 1993, the Forest Stewardship Council is a global non-profit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of forests.