BCCFA  Newsletter
Congratulations to Vanderhoof on their new Community Forest Agreement read more
B.C. snowpack
reaches record low for May

Average snow levels around the province are 53% of normal, the lowest for May in 36 years
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BCCFA Supplier Member Blackwell and Associates
in the news

Crews work to fireproof Whistler before catastrophe hits Wildfire experts urge investment in fire mitigation efforts now to offer protection from future blazes
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New! Map of Community
Forests in BC

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Kaslo Logger Sports

Video cameras and logs will both roll during the annual Kaslo May Days Logger Sports this month. TV personality Andrew Younghusband — known for hosting reality shows including Canada’s Worst Driver and Canada’s Worst Handyman — will participate in several events as part of a new Discovery channel series read more
Fort St. James Community Forest Audit Finds Issues

“…the board is very pleased that the community forest corporation responded quickly to fix the problems and improve its procedures and training for operational staff”.
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Register Now - BCCFA Conference and AGM  
May 26-28, 2016

More than 100 delegates are expected to attend the annual gathering of the BCCFA in Lake Cowichan. The conference is jointly hosted this year by the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative (CLCFC) and Pacheedaht First Nation.
BCCFA President Erik Leslie commented on the value of the event:  "Each community forest is unique.  The BCCFA conference is a great opportunity for community forest practitioners and supporters to learn from each other and to see how our host community forest is managed." 

The three-day event will be centred in community facilities in Lake Cowichan and will include bus tours into forest operations in the area. Workshops and sessions will cover the technical and policy aspects of community forests. The Pacheedaht will be preparing a traditional feast for delegates followed by an address by Forests Minister Steve Thomson. UPDATED Conference Program

The host team has done a tremendous job with recruitment of sponsors for our event . Find out about our sponsors read more

Register for the conference
UPDATED Accommodation Guide 
Become a Conference Sponsor -  Register as a sponsor here

The Silent Auction will be held at the Friday night banquet. All contributions are gratefully accepted. Funds raised go towards sponsoring students for the 2017 conference.

Showcase of Special Projects
Each community forest is asked to bring to the conference a 5x7 photo of a project recently funded by your organization either in the community or on the CFA land base.  

BCCFA Board Recruitment
At the AGM scheduled for May 28th there will be 5 directors who have reached the end of their 2 year term. There are 4 directors who are in the middle of their term. The 5 retiring directors have expressed interest in standing for another term. Yet in the interests of an open democratic process, the board encourages other members to consider running for the board. Please contact Erik Leslie if you would like to learn more about serving as a director. Director Application Form 

BCCFA Membership Renewal
Invoices for 2016-2017 full memberships have been sent to all members. These are based on the new fee formula approved at last year’s AGM. Associate and Supplier memberships can be paid on line click here . For more information on the benefits of each membership category go to the BCCFA website

Other News

Local government conflict of interest exceptions regulations approved 
The Province has approved regulations that will allow elected local government officials to be appointed by their local government to serve on certain society or corporate boards, without risk of disqualification based on financial conflict of interest. read more

Thinking about Certification? 
Learn anbout the new CSA SFM Certification in a June workshop in Vancouver or Kamloops read more

Economic Uptick a monthly newsletter partnership between the 16-97 Economic Alliance and the Community Development Institute at the University of Northern British Columbia, April 2016 read more
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