The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations’ 30th and Woodlot Product Development Council’s 20th annual general meetings and conference will be held October 1-3, 2017 in Sun Peaks, BC. More information coming soon!
The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations’ 29th and Woodlot Product Development Council’s 19th annual general meetings and conference were held September 29 to October 1, 2016 in Prince George, BC. The theme was “Beyond the Beetle” with conference topics such as Forest Practices Board audits, wildfire, future timber supply, log sales, brush management and meeting free growing obligations and included a field tour to woodlot licenses impacted by the mountain pine beetle.
BC Timber Supply Update 2016 (John Pousette, FLNR, Northern Interior Region)
Forest Practices Board Audits and Trends (Daryl Spencer, Manager, Audits and Investigations, FPB)
Mitigating Wildfires on Woodlots (Murray Henry, Deputy Director, BC Wildfire Service)
The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations’ 28th and Woodlot Product Development Council’s 18th annual general meetings and conference were held October 2 – 4, 2015 in West Kelowna, heart of BC’s wine country. The theme was “Wine, Woodlots and Wanderings” with tours to Gorman Brothers Lumber Mill, Westbank First Nations Community Forest fuel mitigation project in the urban interface, Silver Lake woodlot licence and camp, wineries and house boat on the Okanagan Lake. It was co-hosted by the Boundary and Shuswap Okanagan Woodlot Associations.
A variety of specialists provided topical information on BC’s forests.
Climate Change – Seed Transfer (Greg O’Neil, Climate Change Adaptation Scientist, Kalamalka Forestry Centre, Vernon)
Class A western larch seed and interim seed deployment zones (Barry Jaquish, Research Scientist, Tree Improvement Branch, Kalamalka Forestry Centre, Vernon)
Map Expansion of Western Larch & Climate Change_2014
Soil conservation update (Chuck Bulmer, Soil Scientist, Thompson Okanagan region, FLNRO)
Woodlot licensees from around the province met for the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations’ 27th and the Woodlot Product Development Council’s 17th annual general meetings between September 18 and 21, at Golden, BC. The Columbia Woodlot Association hosted this 3-day meeting where they showcased “Woodlots – The Rocky Mountain Way” through workshops, meetings and fieldtrips in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations and the Woodlot Product Development Council held their annual conference and AGM in Campbell River and Quadra Island, September 19-22, 2013 hosted by the North Island Woodlot Association. The focus was Woodlots: The Island Way – A showcase of Community Friendly Forestry.
Highlights included field tours on Quadra Island and the challenges operating close to the urban interface, Cape Mudge Band’s WLs after 40 years of managing resources and TFL 47’s hardwood trials; speakers Rick Monchak, TimberWest, Judi Cunningham, UBC Sauder School of Business; Bill Markvoort & Terry Basso, Probyn Group focusing on coastal markets and Minister Thomson at the Friday night banquet.
The FBCWA and WPDC conducted their Directors’ meetings immediately following the AGM on Sunday September 22, 2013.
The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations celebrated 25 years at the joint FBCWA and WPDC conference and AGM in Fort St. John where the inaugural meeting was held. This special event began with a social on the evening of Thursday September 13 2012 and ended with a Bison BBQ on Saturday September 15 2012.
Highlights included speakers, in particular Janice Burns, recent UBC forestry graduate from a woodlot family, who talked about using LIDAR – remote sensing technology, to improve our forest inventory information; a woodlot tour discussing the challenges of stand management and vegetation control in the Peace Country; River boat tour on the Peace River and a Trap shoot at the North Peace Road and Gun Club.
The FBCWA and WPDC conducted their Directors’ meetings immediately following the AGM on Sunday September 16, 2012.