BCCFA Newsletter 

Columbia Headwaters Community Forest members
Steve Ostrander, Richard Hoar and Gerry Wilkie

East Kootenays
On the road to Invermere

October Newsletter

Project Announcement - Bridges II
The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (MJTST) has announced new funding for continuation of the work initiatied in the Bridges project to build new, long term fibre flow relationships between small tenure holders and value-added businesses. MJTST, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition, the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations and the BCCFA have partnered in the pilot project that will initially concentrate on the McBride to Barriere corridor.

The Bridges I project brought together representatives of small tenure holders and the value-added sector and facilitated discussions on ways to maximize business activity with the available fibre supply. The creation and launch of the website was a prioritized outcome of the project.  

We are pleased that the Bridges project is continuing to invest in Community Forests and their potential to leverage their long term fibre supply to develop new collaborative business models and opportunities for communities.  more information

CBC Coverage of Logan Lake Community Forest
The new CBC Kamloops radio station lost no time in reporting on community forestry . The new morning show - Daybreak Kamloops - was just a week into production when they featured the innovative efforts of Logan Lake Community Forest and Manager Don Brown to address mountain pine beetle and fire interface issues. The CBC piece interviewed a group of local students working on the community forest and included comments from Forests Minister Steve Thomson. "There is no down side to a community forest. It is a win- win. There is is interest on our part to continue to expand opportunities for community forests."

The Logan Lake coverage coincided with the visit of four senior government officials from Nova Scotia interested in learning more about the BC model of community forestry.

Single Cutting Permit for Community Forests
Following up on the announcement this month of the single cutting permit for community forests, all supporting implementation documentation (business map, process guide, route card, notice to commence template, sample CP application cover letter, sample ESF submission, concept overview and FAQs) is available on the the Forest Tenures Branch, Community Forest Agreement internet site. Our aim is consistent and reasonable implementation province-wide. Please contact the BCCFA ED, Jennifer Gunter at and let us know about how 1CP is working in your area. more information

WoodSourceBC Update
WoodSourceBC was launched just one year ago. It has served to build a network of  buyers and sellers of wood, and has enabled new conversations about fibre flow. Its young success has captured the attention of the BC government in their efforts to help improve the flow of fibre from harvesters and other producers to the highest-value processors . The BCCFA and the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations have partnered to merge the Fibre Connections BC (FCBC) website into the website. The merger signifies a long term commitment to developing and sustaining an international wood marketplace for local and foreign buyers and sellers of BC wood products.more information

Columbia Headwaters Community Forest Proposal
Since 2009 the Columbia Headwaters Community Forest steering committee has been working to secure an invitation for a Community Forest Agreement in the Columbia Valley. They have identified an area of interest that includes 10 community watersheds, over 20 scenic viewpoints, recreational areas and large urban/wildfire interface areas. Both the Forest Minister and the District Manager have indicated their support for the proposal, however with a timber supply review (TSR4) scheduled to begin soon, no formal invitation has been yet been offered. The group is seeking a meaningful role in TSR4 to ensure their aspirations are considered in the process.  Meanwhile, Richard Hoar, Chairman of the steering committee, is busy with a comprehensive information campaign, presenting the community forest proposal to local organizations and community groups. more information 

Invitation from the Burns Lake Community Forest
Melissa Steidle, the consulting forester for the Burns Lake Community Forest (BLCF) woud like to extend the following invitation to other community forest organizations in the Burns Lake region: BLCF is in the process of restructuring and would like to draw on the expertise of community forests within the regional area.  We realize there are numerous young community forests in the area that may also benefit from the forum.  To this end BLCF is hosting an information sharing event on November 13, 2012.  We would like to know about your business model.  For instance does your community forest have a board, and if so how many members, and how is it chosen?  What contractual arrangements do you have for log sales?  Perhaps most importantly, what are your strengths and weaknesses as a community forest?  If your community forest would like to participate either to present or to observe, please contact Helene at prior to November 6th to RSVP.

More News

Release of the Tree Species Selection Tool (TSST)
This tool has been developed under the Future Forests Ecosystem Initiative and is intended to provide forest practitioners with the best available science based tree species selection related information for a given geographic area to facilitate informed decision making.  The content within the TSST will continue to be updated as new information becomes available to provide the most up to date information related to tree species. more information

Conference - 2013 Western Wildfire Conference—Firestorm 2003 Ten Years After, Kelowna, B.C. April 10-13, 2013
Presented by the  Western Silviculture Contractors Association. The conference will put a focus on the science, politics and operations of the increasingly critical interface between wild land fire and communities in the West more information

Conference - January 16-18, 2013  Building Resilient Communities through Community-based Forest Management Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 
The BCCFA is a partner in this project that will include the development of a national community forest network. Erik Leslie Manager of the Harrop Procter Community Forest and BCCFA Extensionand Communication  Manager Susan Mulkey will represent the BCCFA as speakers at the event. The program, call for student posters, and travel subsidy application for community reps (BCCFA members are invited to apply) are now available on the Northern Ontario Sustainable Communities Partnership website more information

Conference - Resource Roads in British Columbia: Environmental challenges at the site level November 7-8, 2012  Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort , Cranbrook BC Hosted by the Columbia Mountains Institute (CMI) more information  
Additional CMI fall sessions include:

  • Natural processes for the restoration of drastically disturbed sites - course November 6, 2012 Cranbrook BC, with David Polster of Polster Environmental Services
  • Ordinary and logistic regression - course November 20-21-22, 2012, in Revelstoke BC
  • Design and analysis of distance sampling studies - course November 27-28-29, 2012, in Revelstoke BC

Lessons from Economic Upswings: A Case Study of the Peace River Region Prepared by the Community Development Institute at UNBC. Many communities across northern BC are experiencing both the pressure points and opportunities associated with large industrial development projects. When these projects come to small communities, the impacts are felt in all sectors - social, community, service, economic, and governance. more information

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Summary of What's New Notices For October 2012  more information

UBC Master of Sustainable Forest Management Program
The Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM) is a one year graduate degree that provides advanced study in natural resource stewardship.  Intended for graduates from science-based Bachelor degree programs, the MSFM is designed to satisfy the academic standards for accreditation administered by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB), and to enable graduates to meet the core academic requirements for certification of the member agencies of the Canadian Federation of Professional Foresters Associations (CFPFA).   The application deadline is February 28, 2013 for the next program start date in Summer 2013. more information





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