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Best of the Season from the BCCFA Board
Thank you everyone for your support and contributions to the work of the BCCFA.
Here is to a successful 2016. 
L to R Dave Gill, Duncan McKellar,John Stace-Smith, Erik Leslie, Margaret Inoue,Harley Wright, Dave Lasser, Gord Chipman, George Brcko

The Nuxalk Nation’s vision for their community forest is “from the tree to the mill to the house” where timber from the Traditional Territory is used to build Nuxalk homes.  read more

Indicator 3
Community Contributions

 Logs valued at $69,735 were provided by the community forest to the Nuxalk-owned Totem Sawmill.  Lumber cut from the logs were used in the Nuxalk Housing Program.


Robin Hood Update
Test results show the cancer hasn't spread.  He'll be heading to Kelowna in the next couple of weeks for 6 weeks of chemo and radiation treatments then surgery to remove the tumour.  Not out of the woods yet but good news!
Getting the Balance Right - Improving Wildlife Habitat Management in BC

Strategic advice from Mike Morris, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
Jim Lawrence photo
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BCCFA December Staff Meeting 
We wish you much joy this holiday season
Jennifer and Susan

December 2015 Newsletter

2015  Indicators Survey - Thanks for your participation
29 surveys were received from CFAs that have been operating for a minimum of a full fiscal year with 8 other members who completed the members section of the survey. This is over twice the sample size of the 2014 Survey.  With a larger sample size our data will now be more meaningful. The final report will be released in the new year. 

2016 UBC Summer Student Communities
We are pleased to announce that UBC Faculty of Forestry will be sending students to the Khowutzun (located on Vancouver Island near Duncan) and Cheslatta (located near Francois Lake outside of Burns Lake)  Community Forests. Expressions of interest  for the summer of 2017 and 2018 will be accepted beginning in May 2016. 

2016 BCCFA Conference and AGM - May 26-28 Mark the Dates
The official conference host will be the Qaly?it Community Forest, a new partnership between the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative and the Pacheedaht First Nation. The conference dates have been confirmed for May 26-28. A gold level sponsorship donation ($5000) has already been received by the BCCFA Victoria office from the host. The donation will ensure funds to secure guest speakers. Online registration will be available in March. Local accommodations are in short supply so book your accommodation NOW ! Accommodation Guide

Reports and Meeting Minutes - Members Only
2015 Draft BCCFA AGM Minutes
November Executive Director's Report
December Executive Director's Report
November 6, 2015 BCCFA Minutes
November 24, 2015  BCCFA Minutes
September Joint Working Group Minutes
November Joint Working Group Face-to-face meeting Nov.24-25 in Kamloops

Job Posting Nuxalk Development Corporation, in Bella Coola, President and Chief Executive Officer read more

UPDATE - Status of Community Forests in BC read more
  • 56 Community CF Organizations
  • 52 Long term CFAs Licenced
  • Current AAC (includes uplift) - 2, 029,415
  • Hectares - 1, 420,902
Tsilhqot'in Conference Call Notes
On December 10, 2014, people representing community forests and woodlots participated in a conference call to learn about the BC Government policy approach to consultation and accommodation post‐Tsilhqot’in Supreme Court decision. The notes are now available for distribution. read more

Burns Lake Community Forest Quick Facts read more

Other News
November Update from Minister Thomson read more
December Update from Minister Thomson read more

Forest Practices Report - District Managers' Authority Over Forest Operations
District managers for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations are the government decision-makers who are "closest to the ground." These are the government officials who review and approve resource development on public land. read more

Invitation to Participate in a Study on Forest Carbon Mitigation
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) will host 3.5 hour workshops  in  the Lower Mainland, Southern Interior, Northern Interior, Coast to identify a list of important values or evaluation criteria to be considered when generating climate change mitigation strategies in BC’s forest sector. read more

Upcoming Columbia Mountains Institute - CMI Events 2016
Environmental and Social Assessment Forum, February 23, 2016
Predator-Prey Dynamics: From Theory to Management conference, April 05, 2016
Computer Modelling Workshops during the Predator-Prey conference, April 06, 2016

Co-op Presentation Night & CAWP Open House, Jan 28 read more

Small Employer Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Training Course - A Testimonial 
Read this testimonial about why even seasoned forest industry workers should take this course. read more

Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association
2016 Annual Conference & Tradeshow
Wednesday, February 3 to Friday, February 6, 2016
Coast Capri Hotel, Kelowna Agenda

WSCA Rumour Mill RoundUpdate 
November 27
December 11
National Forestry Survey  - Please Participate when contacted
The survey is being conducted by the Universities of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta, looking at participation and decision-making in forest advisory committees, community forest boards, and model forests. read more
FREP Extension Note 33, ESTABLISHING A COMMERCIAL CROP OF TREES ON TEMPORARY ACCESS ROADS IN THE B.C. INTERIOR  Bill Chapman PhD and  Steve Thompson BSc.  The note aims to encourage dialogue and inform decision making among those who manage British Columbia's natural resource values on behalf of the public. more information

International Model Forest Network - Landscape Approach In Action
There is increasing agreement among international organizations that the “landscape approach” is the most effective method for incorporating conservation and human development dimensions into land use planning and the broader sustainable development agenda. It recognizes a landscape as more than a geographical territory. It is a multilayered concept containing a mosaic of land uses such as farms, forests, water, mining and inhabited areas where multiple stakeholders interact with each other and the environment. read more
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