An incremental treaty agreement has been signed between the Province and Lake Babine Nation and will support new forestry and eco-tourism opportunities. The agreement supports economic development for the First Nation, but also demonstrates some of the benefits of treaty in advance of a final agreement. The agreement transfers to the Nation four parcels of land that will support opportunities for forestry and eco-tourism, as well as provide $100,000 in capacity funding to help develop these opportunities. One of the parcels to be transferred is Fort Babine Lodge, which is an existing resort situated on the shores of Babine Lake, offering accommodation in cabins and access to recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting and hiking. The other parcels will provide forestry opportunities, and the lakefront properties could be leased as recreation properties. “Since it takes time to reach a treaty, we need to use and protect our lands. This agreement will provide economic benefits to our citizens. We must use all measures to protect and best use our lands, and this arrangement will be a positive move,” said Lake Babine Nation Chief Wilf Adam.