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2016 Summer Students at Khowutzun Community Forest

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News from Forsite - BCCFA Supplier Member
At Forsite we believe in the incredible value that Community Forests provide to many communities across BC  
We are excited to announce that with our strategic partners Object Raku, we can now provide you with inventory insights like you've never seen before using analytical software called Timber Species Identifier (TSI).
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Larch trials in a plantation outside of Burns lake
Frank Varga explains the rationale of a BCTS experimental plantation

Justice for the Cheslatta People
Mike Robertson, Senior Policy Advisor, stood in the shade to take in the historic ceremony for the signing of a framework agreement designed to help heal historic wounds and shape a better future between the province of BC and the Cheslatta First Nation. Mike has worked tirelessly to bring negotiations to this stage. 

The local Fall Fair was a perfect venue for Burns Lake Community Forest to talk to locals and share their plans for the future
The mission was community engagement and Burns Lake Community Forest found a way to pull the people in. Over 170 surveys were conducted with more coming in electronically.

September 2016 Newsletter


Its National Forest Forest Week in Canada September 18-25, 2016
National Forest Week is a time to celebrate Canada’s forests and forest communities. The theme this year is True North, Strong and Green. Many community forests will be taking part in forest education and celebration activities. Please be sure to send us your stories and photos of the events in your community for posting on the BCCFA website and newsletter! 

The Rural Dividend Funding Available
The Rural Dividend program will have a new intake October 3 – 31st, and they have a new Program Guide link to the guide
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

Union of BC Municipalities Annual Convention
UBCM Pre-Conference Session - 
BC Forest Policy Decision Making: The Case for Greater Community Consultation and Engagement
Monday September  26, 2016   9:00 am – 12 noon Victoria, BC.  BCCFA Executive Director, Jennifer Gunter and President, Erik Leslie will participate in this session. Link to the agenda for the session
UBCM Exhibitor’s Showcase -  The BCCFA will host a booth at the Showcase. BCCFA members are asked to encourage their elected representatives to stop by the booth.

Summer Student 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  

We are pleased to announce a NEW BCCFA Publication
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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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

2016 SISCO Fall Field Tour 
Summerland BC September 27 - 28, 2016 Looking at Previously Harvested Stands to Help Predict What Current Harvesting Practices Might Bring in the Future more information
 
Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association Rumour Mill RoundUpDate
September 16, 2016 Vol. 16, Issue 16 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
Satnam Manhas with Ecotrust, Susan Mulkey, BCCFA and Frank Varga, General Manager of the Burns Lake Community Forest worked with wind and rain to hold down the booth at the Fall Fair. 

People of all ages were drawn to the Burns lake Community Forest booth by free popcorn and left with lots of information about their local community forest. 
 

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