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2015 BCCFA Conference and AGM
June 11-13 in Clearwater

Hosted by the Wells Gray Community Forest
Jennifer Gunter after her presentation to MLAs at the Legislature. 
Attending MLAs: Donna Barnett, Laurie Throness, John Yap,
Simon Gibson, Eric Foster,
Doug Bing, Pat Pimm, Doug Horne, Greg Kyllo, Linda Larson, Richard Lee, John Yap and Mike Morris.
Ken Day, manager of the University of British Columbia Alex Fraser Research Forest and a member of the BCCFA Extension Team, is one of five university staff to be honoured this year with the President’s Service Award for Excellence. Congratulations Ken!

Malcolm Knapp Research Forest  

The Extension Team visit with the Masters of Sustainable Forest Management students.
Malcolm Knapp Research Forest has been chosen as the site for the 2016 DEMO International. UBC Faculty of Forestry will host the event and the 150 exhibitors featuring the latest technologies in equipment, products and services covering all aspects of woodlands operations. Past shows, held every 4 years, have attracted anywhere from 5,000 to 16,000 individuals interested in forestry from around the world.
The Forest Classroom
Instructor Ryan Dvorak,teaches resource management to a class on a Christmas tree farm near the Alberni Valley Regional Airport. The program is supported in part by the Alberni Valley Community Forest. more information  
Photo credit: Lynn Sully and Ward Stendahl 

 

Expanded Extension Program 
Need help with planning for the future of your community forest? Policy development for optimizing the relationship between your board and your manager?
Contact Susan for more information

November 2014 Newsletter


BCCFA Indicators Project
A preliminary analysis has been conducted by staff on the responses to our first survey round. We have accepted the offer of assistance for supplementary analysis from the UBC Faculty of Forestry. We really want to get the best and most streamlined template for future surveys and data analysis.  Stay tuned for the first report. 

FPInnovations Communities Program Announcement
Technical assistance will be provided by FPInnovations to Logan Lake Community Forest Corp. for the Logan Lake Bioenergy and Biofuel Project and to Nakusp and Area Community Forest  for the Nakusp and Area BioEnergy projects  more information

Summer Interns Placed with Two Community Forests 
Cortes Community Forest and Lower North Thompson Community Forest will both receive two summer students in 2015. The program is funded through an anonymous donor with the UBC Faculty of Forestry.  

Approved: Interior Appraisal Manual - Amendment No. 1
Effective Nov. 1 more information
 
Reports and Meeting Minutes
Become a member and get the members only version of the newsletter which includes the inside scoop of monthly minutes and the Executive Director's report  more information

Do you know the history of your local First Nation?
The culture and history of First Nations people make them who they are today. Understanding the context can lead to new insights for community forest managers and boards and possibly to new opportunities for relationship building.  Since the Supreme Court's historic ruling recognizing the Tsilhqot'in's aboriginal title to over 1,700 sq km, government has been working on a process to incorporate the decision while keeping the business of forestry moving in BC. CFAs have been encouraged to develop and maintain good relations with local First Nations and to work directly with local First Nations in all planning. This new landscape of First Nations title calls for new tools and new perspectives. Learning about the past is a place to start.  

K-12 Educational Collaborative
A strategic planning workshop was held in October 2014, organized by Bill Bourgeois, to identify the priority actions needed to be successful in providing “Teaching Resources” to assist K-12 teachers in educating students about the environment and forests aspect of delivering the BC Ministry of Education core science curriculum. The draft strategic plan is now available more information

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation
BCCFA Executive Director Jennifer Gunter was a presenter at the New Realties, New Relationships Conference where discussions centered on issues at the heart of rural and resource sector development in BC and Canada. The was co-hosted by Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). more information

Reminder - Change of coordinates for the BCCFA 
Please take note of the new BCCFA address and phone number. 
130 Government Street
Victoria, BC V8V 2K7
250 384 4110
 


Other News

October Update from Minister Thomson more information

Forest Practices Board Report  
Timeliness, Penalty Size and Transparency of Penalty Determinations more information

Forest and Range Evaluation Program (FREP) Temporary and Permanent Access Structures
The link below leads to a narrated FREP PowerPoint  (10 mins) that defines “permanent” and “temporary” access structures, describes why land managers should carefully consider access; and discusses opportunities for improvement based on best practices and successful outcomes. more information

Private Forest Landowners Association November 2014 Newsletter
What Turkeys Can Teach Us About BC Timber Supply Complaints and other news more information

Journal of Ecosystems and Management (JEM) Update
New website, new status  more information  

Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology
  • Regulated Rivers: Environment, Ecology & Management May 6-7, 2015  ~  Selkirk College, Castlegar BC more information 
  • Trends Analysis & Environmental Impact Assessment Nov 18-20, 2014  ~ Revelstoke BC more information
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