Happy Holidays from the BCCFA

The Forest in Winter

Short days and long nights can pull one into reflection on the year that has passed, and today I'm thinking about our work in community forestry.

Local people - that is you and your leadership...the managers, board members, volunteers and community members who are supported by ministry folks, consultants, academics, elected officials and others  who agree that empowering local people with the responsibility of stewardship of the land surrounding their communities is a good idea.

Local forests - We have a licence to harvest timber, but we have a mandate from the government and from our communities to incorporate a long list of often conflicting values into management. Not an easy path. It calls for listening, flexibility, and a lot of thinking outside of the box. Anyone who has stepped up to take on this work is a hero. 

Local decisions -  How can the people in our communities have a meaningful role in the management direction of the community forest? Community engagement is a central focus of community forestry. How do we reach all interests in our communities? How do we engage in a meaningful way with local First Nations? Partnerships between municipal governments and local First Nations are working. What do we have to learn from these alliances?  How do we manage the ever increasing number of interests on our tenures while managing liabilities and risk?

2017 - The year ahead brings promises and challenges. Here is to the community forestry network, to an honest exchange of ideas and learning and becoming even better at what we do.

Thank you all for your work
Susan Mulkey

Tumbler Ridge Benefits
Tumbler Ridge Community Forest Chairman Tim Caldwell presents $5000.00 to the local Food Bank


Burns Lake Community Forest Benefits
Director Johnny Janzen and General Manager Frank Varga met with the 1st Burns Lake Scouts with a donation of $5,000 to assist with enrolment, uniforms, camp equipment, and a canoe trailer.

Warmest wishes 
for a happy holiday season 
and a wonderful new year



Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI)
Program & Application Guides for the 2017 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative are now available through the UBCM.  The next application deadline for all five SWPI funding streams, including an enhanced Community Wildfire Protection Plan program, is January 27, 2017.  

Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society Newsletter read more

NEW! Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) Funding Opportunity
The next Western Diversification Program (WDP) Call for Proposals (CFP) process opens on Jan.25, 2017 and will be accepted until Thursday, February 23, 2017. The WDP-CFP is targeted at not-for-profit organizations that are eligible for funding under the WDP, including First Nations, Tribal Councils, Métis and Inuit organizations. More information on the WDP-CFP application process,  including objectives and priorities, and a list of upcoming information sessions in your province, is available on the WDP website. WD is seeking applications under the 2017 WDP-CFP that directly support one (or more) of the following WD investment priorities:  
•          Clean technology; and/or
•          Indigenous economic growth.
All About Softwood - Latest News from the USA  Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration
Fact Sheet - Commerce Initiates Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Imports of Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada read more 
BC K-12 students and classes and Forest Related Education  
The K-12 Forest Education Collaborative members are looking for numbers to support sponsorship requests that are linked to  the National Forest Week-BC Coalition efforts.  Please send Bill Bourgeois either measured stats or estimates for the following during the 2016 calendar year:
  1. Number of classes participated (K-7 and Grades 8-12
  2. Number of students participated – if you are extrapolating from the number of  classes, please use the factor of 30 students/class
  3. Location of the event(s), if possible – use the regional designations of Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Northern Interior-Prince George north and west to Haida Gwaii, central interior Quesnel to 100 Mile House, Southern interior-Kamloops south 

Other News

SISCO 2017 Winter Workshop
The 2017 winter workshop will be held in Kamloops at the Coast Hotel, from Monday, January 30th to Wednesday, February 1st. more information register

ABCFP Convention - Changing landscapes, New Opportunities
The 2017 ABCFP forestry conference and AGM will explore how emerging markets, innovative technologies and recent land use decisions are enriching BC’s vibrant forest community. Join BC forest professionals in Prince George, BC from February 22 to 24, 2017 to reconnect with your colleagues while catching up on new developments in the sector. read more

Truck Loggers Convention - In it for the Long Run
From January 18-20, 2017 the TLA will host their annual convention in Vancouver. read more

Complete a survey on community action on wildfire prevention in BC read more  Link to the survey 

Cable Logging Workshop
Forest Engineering Inc is offering a workshop in Kamloops May 9-12, 2017 read more 

Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association 
Annual Conference and Trade Show - February 1-3 Victoria 
read more
Rumour Mill RoundUpDate November 18, 2016  read more

Columbia Mountains Institute for Applied Ecology 
Avoiding Incidental Take of Bird Nests - Call for Presentations
April 26-27, 2017, Cranbrook, BC read more



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