Overview

FBCWA OverviewThe Federation of BC Woodlot Associations (FBCWA) is a non-profit society that was established in 1988 to represent the interests of woodlot licensees and woodlot owners throughout BC. The Federation is the umbrella organization for BC’s 23 Woodlot Associations whose membership are united in an effort to achieve exemplary forest and natural resource management.

Our membership plays an important role in rural British Columbia. Woodlot operators in our associations contribute stability and leadership within their communities, create local employment, produce a wide variety of products from the forest, offer environmental protection, and generate additional landscape values from the pride they take in their operations.

The FBCWA supports its members and woodlot licensees through meetings, field trips, extension services, and conferences as well as works with all levels of government to ensure public forest policy is relative to small-scale forest management.

All woodlot operators are encouraged to join and be involved in their local association. If you do not wish to be a member of a Woodlot Association but would still like to belong to the Federation, please contact admin@woodlot.bc.ca for information about membership.

 

Mission

FBCWA MissionThe FBCWA promotes the economic and social interests of woodlot licensees, woodlot owners and others involved in small-scale forest management in British Columbia. The FBCWA’s mission is for all woodlot licensees and woodlot owners to practice exemplary forest and natural resources management in a socially, economically and environmentally responsible manner.

The FBCWA also subscribes to the following principles and values:

  • Excellent stewardship of the forests and natural resources.
  • Ecological sustainability.
  • Economic viability and prosperity that contributes to and supports communities.
  • Continuous improvement and innovative forest management.
  • Transfer of knowledge and skills through training, education and extension.
  • Multi-generational family involvement in forestry.
  • Opportunity for individuals to manage forest lands.
  • Safe workplaces and environments.
  • Fair and just treaty settlements.
  • Fair tenure governance and administration.
  • Recognition of crown tenure holder and private landowner’s rights.
  • Diverse and competitive markets for woodlot products.
  • Increased public awareness and understanding of woodlot licenses and woodlots.
  • Good governance

 

Associations

There are 23 local associations, which are loosely aligned with BC’s forest districts and regions. Members of Woodlot Associations include woodlot licensees, woodlot owners and others interested in supporting local woodlot objectives. To learn more about the forest district where the association is located, click on the association:
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The Associations are:

  1. Lillooet Woodlot Association
  2. Fraser Valley Woodlot Association
  3. Sea to Sky Woodlot Association
  4. South Cariboo Woodlot Association
  5. Kamloops Woodlot Association
  6. Shuswap Okanagan Woodlot Association
  7. Cariboo Woodlot Association
  8. South Island Woodlot Association
  9. North Island Woodlot Association
  10. Kispiox Woodlot Association
  11. Bulkley Woodlot Association
  12. Nadina Woodlot Association
  13. Stuart Nechako Woodlot Association
  14. Prince George Woodlot Association
  15. Quesnel Woodlot Association
  16. Mackenzie Woodlot Association
  17. Peace River Woodlot Association
  18. Robson Canoe Woodlot Association
  19. Clearwater Woodlot Association
  20. Columbia Woodlot Association
  21. East Kootenay Woodlot Association
  22. West Kootenay Woodlot Association
  23. Boundary Woodlot Association

Click here to contact an association.

 

Woodlot Product Development Council

The Woodlot Product Development Council [WPDC] is a government appointed organization representing approximately 870 woodlot licensees in BC. The resources of the WPDC will be used to promote sustainable small-scale resource management in BC. Funds collected from woodlot licensees under the Farming and Fishing Industries Development Act, are managed to promote a positive image of the woodlot industry and its products; educate the general public and buyers about the benefits of BC woodlots and small-scale woodlot management; and initiate and/or support research and extension programs for the development and enhancement of the woodlot industry in the province.

Although the Council is a separate and distinct organization, it works in direct association with the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations to provide support for goals and initiatives of all woodlot licensees in the province. All registered holders of a woodlot licence are members of the Woodlot Product Development Council.

For more information on the Council click here:

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