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“The piece on the Co-op students was great. Sandi Ramsden (one of the students) was offered a job as Assistant Aboriginal Program Facilitator for the UBC Faculty of Forestry due in part to two newspaper articles (Arrow Lakes News and Valley Voice) and the BCCFA newsletter article! The internship was a great success for both the students and NACFOR.”
Frances Swan, RPF, Nakusp and Area Community Forest Corp. (NACFOR)
UBCM Municipal Marketplace
BCCFA Vice President Jack McLeman, Executive Director Jennifer Gunter and Don Brown President at the BCCFA booth where they met with provincial and local government representatives and spoke with over 20 communities with an interest in community forestry.

UBC 2013-2014 MSFM students at Kokanee Creek

Kaslo from the Wardner Bench

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 Cherryville Community Forest

Cherryville artist Kerri Parnell has made 5 original signs to mark the Community Forest land base entrances

October 2013 Newsletter

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

Reports and Meeting Minutes
Please note that there was not a Board or Joint Working Group meeting in August.
August Executive Director's Report  
September-October Executive Director's Report
July BCCFA Board 
September BCCFA Board
July Joint Working Group
September Joint Working Group

Babine Lake Community Forest Expands
“The Babine Lake Community Forest Society is an important part of the community forest network that is making a big difference in rural and remote communities across the province. Through our work with Babine Lake Community Forest we know the dedication and effort they have invested to achieve expansion and we congratulate them on the new opportunities it will bring to the community.”, said BCCFA President Don Brown more information

Community Forest Expansion for Creston Valley
 "Creston Valley Forest Corporation has been a member of the BCCFA from our inception. This expansion acknowledges the corporation's leadership in the sustainable management of local resources and the contribution the organization makes to the economy and quality of life in their community." BC Community Forest Association President Don Brown. more information

Lower North Thompson Community Forest Fall Newsletter more information

Update on the Cherryville Community Forest
Hank Cameron sent in this article written for the Cherryvillan paper about governance of Cherryville Resource Management Committee and the Cherryville Community Forest. more information

BCCFA Extension Program
A fall extension tour is planned for early November on Vancouver Island. The tour involves community based meetings which focus on governance and forest management topics of interest to the community. If you are interested in extension services for your community forest  contact us

2013 BCCFA Conference Report
The annual conference report which includes summaries of all presentations and discussions and photos of attendees is now available. more information

Bridges II September 2013 Report
The Bridges II project is a collaboration at a sub-regional scale to identify methods to increase the economic benefits realized from the regional fibre supply. more information
Have you updated your posting lately? Go to the website now.  more information

Other News

Tim Sheldan new Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO)
We would like to welcome Tim Sheldan as the new Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO). Tim is not new to the BC Public Service having served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations Division and prior to that, as Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations and BC Timber Sales. He recently was the Director General of the Northern Forestry Centre, Natural Resources Canada, in Edmonton.  Tim will take over as Deputy Minister at FLNRO on October 9th. We look forward to working with Tim to ensure the continued success of community forestry in BC.

Geoff Klassen, new Timber Tenures Forester
We would also like to welcome Geoff Klassen, the new Timber Tenures Forester, working in Victoria under the direction of Peter Graff, Senior Timber Tenures Forester. Geoff started work in August and will be involved in a number of initiatives to administer and support B.C.’s small area‐based forest tenures: Community Forest Agreements, Woodlot Licences, and First Nations Woodland Licences. Geoff will participate in the monthly Joint Working Group calls that include key ministry staff and the BCCFA Executive Director and the executive members of the Board.

The Softwood Lumber Trade Dispute and the Future of BC Forest Policy - Public Lecture October 24 at UBC
In this UBC Faculty of Forestry program, representatives of the US Lumber Coalition will explain what they perceive to be the problematic aspects of BC forest policy. 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

Co-op Presentation Evening and Mentoring Kick-Off -Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Intermediate co-op students in the B.Sc. Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation and Forest Sciences degrees at the University of British Columbia will be delivering presentations on their recently completed co-op work terms in the industry. more information

Forestry Education Networking Conference
October 26 Kamloops A one-day conference, hosted by Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities more information

Western Silvicultural Contractors Association 2014 Annual Conference and Tradeshow
January 27-31, 2014 in Kelowna at the Delta Grand Hotel more information
Upcoming Columbia Mountains Institute (CMI) Events
Introduction to R Software course November 5-7, 2013 in Revelstoke BC, with Dr. Carl Schwarz more information
Resource Roads in British Columbia: Environmental challenges at a landscape level, May 14-15, 2014 in Nelson BC. Call for papers until November 22, 2013 more information

Invitation from the Chief Forester to attend the Fostering Resilient Forests and Ecosystems workshop in your area. Read the invite Go straight to the website

September Update from Minister Thompson more information
Wood Waste to Rural Heat October Newsletter more information

Webinar - Canada's Forest Sector Snapshot 2013 - October 24
This webinar will present the findings of a national survey, that the Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) undertook of its forest industry partners and collaborators. The objective of the survey was to ask those directly involved and impacted by the forest sector, what the issues and barriers are. The three biggest issues that will be discussed are on topics of: skills and labour, low-grade timber products, social license and policy. more information

International Model Forest Network Secretariat more information


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