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 (https://www2.viu.ca/nrep/bcnfw/
) and send it in to Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
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: http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/species/speciesDetails_e.cfm?sid=638
Should you have any questions regarding the CHPA process, we encourage you to contact Barry Smith at ECCC. He can be reached at Barry.Smith@canada.ca
. 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 Chris.Hamilton@gov.bc.ca
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 Christoph.email@example.com (604) 224-3221 x 5521
or Will Skrivan, NRC Will.Skrivan@nrc.gc.ca (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
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
Kelowna – 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
The Journal of Ecosystems and Management (JEM)
Annual Conference and Trade Show - February 1-3 Victoria read more
Rumour Mill RoundUpDate
October 14, 2016 Vol. 16, Issue 18 read more
JEM has just published its latest article, Riparian Management of Perennial Coastal Streams with Potential Habitat for Tailed Frog read more