The Shareholder Corporation Contract - A Tool for Strengthening Co-operation and Accountability in Community Forests
This guide is specifically intended for the shareholders and directors of community forest corporations. It explains how a well-written contract will help communities to clarify their roles and responsibilities, and ultimately lead to accountability and collaboration at all levels of the organization. 
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Tumbler Ridge, June 15-17
Details coming soon. 

"Community Voices: The Making and Meaning of the Xáxli’p Community Forest," available from
The Xáxli’p Community Forest (XCF) is an evolving example of how Indigenous communities are redefining sustainability and asserting their sovereignty through natural resource governance. Written as part of a doctoral dissertation research project out of the University of California, Berkeley, the report traces over twenty years of negotiations leading up to the XCF in British Columbia, Canada. The report also discusses current XCF efforts to restore the interconnected ecological and cultural systems that make up Xáxli’p Survival Territory.
Cover artist, Lichia Liu
Cheakamus Community Forest
 The Resort Municipality of Whistler, Squamish and Lil’Wat Nations met to work on board and organizational governance through the BCCFA Fee for Service Program. 
Donations in Memory of Robin Hood
We continue to hear from people wanting to make a donation in memory of Rob.
Cedar Point Park is in Likely on Quesnel Lake was one of Rob's favourite places.
Send the donation to
Tate Patton Box 31 Likely, B.C. V0l 1N0

October 2016 Newsletter


2016 Indicators Survey Coming in November
The annual BCCFA members' survey will be coming out in mid-November following the Board and MFLNRO meetings in Victoria. The Indicators Report is increasingly becoming an important communication tool in BCCFA advocacy work for community forests. Please set time aside in your schedules to contribute information from your community forest!

Deadline October 31 - The Rural Dividend Funding 
The Rural Dividend program will have an intake until October  31st. There is a new Program Guide link to the guide and some new criteria. 
This program  is an excellent opportunity for community forests to take the lead on partnering in their community  to reinvigorate and diversify their local economies. Categories of fundable activities are broad and include  building new trails, training and education for locally based jobs and business sector development. FPInnovations has stepped up to support community forest s to lead or partner on projects, to source leveraged funding and to assist local implementation. read more from FP Innovations We are working on  a special chance for CFAs to learn more about the program, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, please go to the program website to learn how you can participate. link to website

Deadline November 4 - Forest Enhancement Program
The original process document for external parties circulated July will be used for this intake. Community Forests should be communicating with and submitting their projects through their local FLNRO office as was done with the first intake. The  intent is to refine the current  document after November 4th for subsequent intakes in 2017 building in the learnings from the last few months. read more

Deadline November 1- Summer Students for Community Forests Opportunity!!!!
The UBC Faculty of Forestry has confirmed funding for four undergraduate students to be placed at two community forests for the summer months in 2017 .The purpose of the gift is to support employment opportunities for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Forestry, and to support community forestry. Deadline to submit your EOI is November 1st. read more  

Did you hold an National Forest Week event?
The NFW-BC Coalition is trying to compile information on the various National Forest Week events held this year.  Community Forests across BC have had events and NFW-BC would like to include reference to them in a report put together by Bill Bourgeois every year. Please  take a few minutes to fill out the appropriate sections in this reporting form ( and send it in to Bill at Thanks and please copy Susan Mulkey on your reports and photos for our website!.
Attention all community forests with Southern Mountain Caribou habitat
Governments of Canada and BC collaborate on Southern Mountain Caribou Recovery
Mountain Caribou Recovery Plan News Release  Additional information on the Southern Mountain Caribou, including the final federal recovery strategy for Southern Mountain Caribou can be found here:
Should you have any questions regarding the CHPA process, we encourage you to contact Barry Smith at ECCC.  He can be reached at  Any questions related to British Columbia's contributions to the Study can be directed to Chris Hamilton with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  He can be contacted at more

Is your community forest interested in biomass?
A network of facilities for information and training for distributed biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems is currently being developed by a team consisting of FPInnovations, NRC, NRCan, and UBC. Planning is already underway for the hub facility to be located at NRC-Vancouver, on UBC campus, for a system that will produce up to 150kW of electric power and 300kW of usable heat. The goal is for the infrastructure to inspire and simulate remote community or industrial sites, and will include equipment for processing and storing woody feedstock as well as conventional and renewable energy sources (diesel generator, batteries, solar arrays, etc.).  The project team is looking to engage with community forest organizations to participate in the development of this facility to help maximize its value and impact related to long-term community forestry in BC and Canada.  For more information, please contact: Christoph Schilling, FPInnovations (604) 224-3221 x 5521 or Will Skrivan, NRC (604) 221-3000 x 5523  

Community Forestry in Canada - A New UBC Press Publication 
This book brings together the work of over twenty-five researchers to provide the first comparative and empirically rich portrait of community forestry policy and practice in Canada. Our own Erik Leslie, BCCFA President and Manager of the Harrop Procter CF contributed a chapter called Stronger Rights, Novel Outcomes: Why Community Forests Need More Control over Forest Management  read more

Other News

Forest Practices Board Releases Annual Report read more

Wildland Fire Conference 2016
BC is hosting the Wildland Fire Conference 2016 in Kelowna from Oct 24 to 28, 2016 - the theme is Building Resilience. The Westbank First Nation Community Forest will be one of the stops on the field tour. We encourage our members to consider participating. read more

UBC Forestry Co-op News October 2016 read more

Building a Stronger North - Northern Development Initiative Trust Newsletter read more 

Wood Works! A program of the Canadian Wood Council
2016 Wood Design Luncheon
 – Wednesday, November 23: Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, 1310 Water Street
Victoria – Friday, November 25: Delta Ocean Pointe, 100 Harbour Drive
Time: 9:00am Registration & Exhibits Open I 10:00am – 2:00pm Conference Program In Session
Registration: Complimentary when registering in advance:
Register for Kelowna  Register for Victoria

Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association 
Annual Conference and Trade Show - February 1-3 Victoria
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Rumour Mill RoundUpDate October 14, 2016 Vol. 16, Issue 18 read more

The Journal of Ecosystems and Management (JEM)
JEM has just published its latest article, Riparian Management of Perennial Coastal Streams with Potential Habitat for Tailed Frog read more
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