The Federation of British Columbia Woodlot Associations (FBCWA) promotes the economic and social interests of woodlot licensees, private forest landowners and others involved in small-scale forest management in British Columbia.
The FBCWA’s mission is for all its members to practice exemplary forest and natural resources management in a socially, economically and environmentally responsible manner.
FBCWA Scholarship Award Winners for 2016
We are very pleased to award FBCWA Scholarships to two worthy recipients this year. The two annual awards are given to students who are related to a woodlot licensee &/or a Private Forest Land Owner or students sponsored by a woodlot licensee attending post secondary education including the trades, preferably in a forestry-related area of study.
Jared Sexsmith is receiving a $2000 scholarship. An active member of the 4H Club in Lumby and an accomplished athlete, Jared has firsthand experience on his grandparents’ Woodlot Licence #1865. He plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Forestry at UBC Vancouver, where he will also compete on the varsity track & field team. He plans to return to Lumby as a Registered Professional Forester and join the local forest industry.
Sierra Despot is receiving a $1000 scholarship. Her grandparents Greg and Sharon Lee and parents Stacey and Roger Despot are co-owners of Woodlot Licence #2074 in Greenwood. She has spent a great deal of time on her family’s woodlot, talking to foresters and loggers, learning about how to protect the rivers and creeks and how to make sure there are environmental benefits from harvesting and planting of trees. An avid athlete, Sierra also volunteers at the Kamloops SPCA and Therapeutic Riding Association. She plans to complete her Bachelor of Science at Simon Fraser University.
You can read in the Fall edition of the Almanac the essays Jared and Sierra wrote that describe “If I was a Woodlot Licensee, how would I use my woodlot to promote forest education?”.
The five member scholarship committee was impressed with the quality of all the applications. Thank you to all who applied.
The funding for the $2000 and $1000 awards were generated through the ”Silent Auction” at the FBCWA AGMs. Please continue to support this worthwhile cause at this year’s AGM in Prince George.