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Growing Opportunity As We Honour Our Heritage

We are the largest First Nation in BC. The Khowutzun Development Corporation (KDC) was formed with the central mission “to build partnerships to develop and support enterprises, create opportunities for members to succeed in employment and business ventures, and to support Cowichan Tribes programs.”

We strive for the success of the communities we serve, through employment and training opportunities, implementing economic development ventures, preserving the rich culture and heritage of the region, and honouring the land on which we live. With a strong connection to tradition, we’re proud to  balance this respect for our culture with future-focused initiatives aimed at creating more opportunities and healthy environments for our younger generations.


FORESTRY SERVICES

Khowutzun Forestry Services provides firefighting and silviculture services to the ancestral Cowichan territory, including manual brushing and weeding, tree planting and land clearing. KFS believes in improving forest health and timber yields, while conserving wildlife habitat. Traditionally, the Quw’utsun’ People were extensively involved in forestry. KDC is proud to support this heritage by partnering with Khowutzun Forestry Services to create more jobs for our people while elevating the  industry.

Our People

Cedar Elliott

General Manager
Cedar-Elliott

Troy Elliott

Operations Manager
Troy Elliott

WHAT WE DO

Khowutzun Forestry Services is owned by the Cowichan Tribes, the largest First Nation Band in BC with over 4,900 community members. We provide responsible and reliable forest management objectives through planning, engineering, silviculture, harvesting, and GIS mapping services for the forest sector. We are committed to upholding sustainable resource management practices and making meaningful contributions to the communities we serve.

LOCATION/CONTACT

KHOWUTZUN FORESTRY SERVICES

PO Box 967, 200 Cowichan Way
Duncan, British Columbia V9L 3Y2

PHONE: (250) 746-4555
FAX: (250) 746-4535

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KHOWUTZUN FREEGRO TREESHELTERS

Using a sustainable manufacturing process, Khowutzun Freegro TreeShelters (KFT) produces innovative tree shelters to protect seedlings from animal browse, supporting the establishment of healthier forests. The partnership between KFT and the Cowichan Tribes exemplifies First Nation leadership in environmental stewardship and innovation.

SUPPORTING NEW GROWTH OF OUR FORESTS AND COMMUNITIES

Cowichan Tribes have always been involved in forestry, and our partnership honours the cultural legacy of this relationship with the land while fostering opportunities for economic growth of the Cowichan Valley region. KFT strives to create original solutions for protecting seedlings, forest management services, urban landscaping and environmental restoration. With a local production facility at the Quw’utsun’ Centre, KFT is proud to support economic development and sustainable resource management in Cowichan and beyond. 

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Our People

John Kendall

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Troy Elliott

Operations Manager
Troy Elliott

WHAT WE DO

At Khowutzun Freegro TreeShelters, we produce an exceptional seedling protector that results in enhanced tree growth, lower costs, increased timber yields and values, and improved carbon sequestration rates. KFT shelters are compactable and easy to handle, install, remove and store. They have an industry-leading lifespan of 15 years, can be reused multiple times, and have been shown to save landowners and forest management companies over 25% on browse protection costs. We are proud to play a key role in the revitalization and protection of our managed lands, as well as creating significant employment opportunities for our communities.

LOCATION/CONTACT

KHOWUTZUN FREEGRO TREESHELTERS

PO Box 967, 200 Cowichan Way
Duncan, BC V9L 3Y2

PHONE: (250) 800-9070
FAX: (250) 746-8375
EMAIL: info@khowutzun.com

“SUCCESS AND SUSTAINABILITY FOR COWICHAN TRIBES AND OUR MEMBERS”

Head Office

200 Cowichan Way,
Duncan, BC
V9L 6P4

PHONE: 250-746-8350
FAX: 250-746-8375

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