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Season's greetings from the BCCFA Board
L to R: Gord Chipman, George Brcko, Don Brown, John Stace-Smith,Jack McLeman. Missing Erik Leslie


Indicators Working Group in Kamloops 

December 2013 Newsletter

The board and staff of the BCCFA would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

BCCFA 2014 Conference and AGM - Save the dates - June 12-14, 2014 in Williams Lake. Hosted by the Likely Xat'sull and the Esk'etemc Community Forests. 

UBC Summer Intern Program
The Faculty of Forestry at UBC has announced that two undergraduate internships will be placed with Lower North Thompson Community Forest and Wells Gray Community Forest in the summer of 2014. This is the second year funding has been made available for the internships.

New Opportunity?
BCTS is offering a range of partnership options for community forests and First Nations. Esk'etemc First Nation has recently started on an ungulate winter range project in partnership with BCTS. Contact  Laurie McCulligh, Business Relations Officer, BC Timber Sales more information
Have you updated your posting lately? Go to the website now.  more information

Other News

Western Silvicultural Contractors Association 2014 Annual Conference and Tradeshow
January 27-31, 2014 in Kelowna at the Delta Grand Hotel more information And did you know the WSCA is now on Facebook?

November Update from Minister Thompson more information

Climate Change Survey
As part of the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative’s (NPLCC) FY13 project portfolio, NatureServe ( is creating a guide to tools that can support analysis and planning for landscape-level conservation in the face of climate change in the NPLCC. This guide will emphasize tools currently in use in the NPLCC and will help resource managers find useful tools for their projects and connect with other tool users in the region as well as other sources for assistance in using tools. To learn about existing, planned, and desired tool use in the NPLCC (, your participation is requested for a web-based survey - deadline December 20.  more information

Thanks to Kathy Hopkins for an interesting article from Santa Fe about treating their city watershed with combination of thinning and prescribed fire - pros vs cons - those for and those against. more information

International Forestry Students Symposium, 2014
The symposium schedule includes a plan to tour in areas near many community forests. Organizations may want to make a pitch to host a local tour. more information

Major Milestone: A New Path to become a Registered Professional Forester (RPF)
The Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM) program at UBC has just been accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board for the next 6 years, retroactive to August 2012.  This is a major milestone in the development and implementation of this new course-based Master’s program, and a first for forestry graduate programs in Canada. MSFM program graduates can to apply to become an RPF with member agencies of the Canadian Federation of Professional of Professional Foresters Associations (CFPFA), including the Association of BC Professional Foresters. The program has already been acknowledged with success with the graduates of the class of 2013 all having found employment. more information


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