The community of Mackenzie is a resource-dependent, single-industry, "instant town". Located in north-central BritishColumbia, the community was founded in 1966 in conjunction with the massive hydroelectric project which created the WillistonLake reservoir. The Mackenzie townsite was developed to be the processing centre for a regional forest industry. At present, two large sawmills (Finlay Forest Products and TimberWest) and a pulp mill facility (Fletcher Challenge) provide nearly all basic sector employment. With a local population (1996) of approximately 6,000 people, a small support service and local administration economy has also developed.