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BCCFA  Newsletter
Field Trip Group 1
Harris Creek Sitka Spruce 
Jen Gunter photo
Sponsorship Donations Reach All Time High
The Host team at Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co op raised over $25,000 in sponsor donations to support the event. 

 

New Robin Hood Memorial Award
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced the creation of a new $10,000 grant to be given annually to the community forest that best exemplifies the values exhibited by the late Robin Hood and the community forest program.The first award went to the Likely-Xatsull  Community Forest and was accepted by John Stace-Smith, secretary-treasurer.
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Field Tour Group 2
Ella Brown Photo 

 

Timber envy during the Field Tour of Cowichan Lake Timber 

2016 BCCFA Conference attended by capacity crowd


Over 150 delegates attended the annual gathering of the BC Community Forest Association (BCCFA) May 26-28th in Lake Cowichan. The conference was jointly hosted by the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative (CLCFC) and Pacheedaht First Nation. Twenty two local and provincial organizations contributed as sponsors for the event which attracted a record number of delegates.
 
The conference was well received by those attending. One participant summed up his experience by saying, “The event demonstrated that community forests are making a strong commitment and connection to the forestry land base and economy, and returning real and tangible benefits to the communities served. They deserve the support received from Government.”

The three-day event was held in the community facilities in Lake Cowichan and included a bus tours into local forest operations with stops at special features in the area. Professional development sessions addressed technical and policy aspects of community forests and all delegates benefited from the networking opportunities and from hearing about the success factors and challenges of other community forests.
 
A highlight of the event was a banquet where a traditional feast was prepared by the Pacheedaht featuring local seafood. Forests Minister Steve Thomson, started the evening off with the news that an invitation to apply for a long term Community Forest Agreement has been extended to the CLCFC and the Pacheedaht who have formed a joint venture called Qul:yit. CLCFC has been operating the province’s first forest co-operative for more than 20 years under a licence that is about to expire.
 
Minister Thomson also announced the creation of a new $10,000 grant to be given annually to the community forest that best exemplifies the values exhibited by the late Robin Hood and the community forest program. Robin Hood was president of the BCCFA for 9 years. The announcement of this new award is recognition of the significant contribution he made to the development of community forestry in BC, and for his vision and passion for leveraging the community forest to create local and social economic opportunities.
 
The host team did a tremendous job with recruitment of sponsors for our event . Find out about our sponsors read more

The Silent Auction  raised $500 for student registrations for the 2017 conference and AGM.

The Board and Staff of the BCCFA would like to send out a huge thank you to our host team, to the sponsors and to all who attended. It just gets better every year. 
Cowichan Lake Research Forest – John Russell
 

Meet the Hosts
The 2017 BCCFA Conference and AGM will be held next spring in Tumbler Ridge. 

The Pacheedaht First Nation prepared a traditional feast for our banquet
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