The Federation supports education through several initiatives.
The FBCWA has supported education through scholarships since 2001. Initially there was only one scholarship for $500 but starting 2014, the Federation awarded two scholarships, one for $2000 and another for $1000. Students related to a woodlot licensee and/or private forest land owner or students sponsored by a woodlot licensee attending post secondary education including the trades, preferably in a natural resource related area of study, are eligible for these awards.
We are pleased to be announce two worthy recipients for the 2016 FBCWA Scholarships:
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.
To learn about our past scholarship recipients:
The Federation is now accepting applications for the 2017 Scholarship. The deadline for applying is May 26th, 2017.
Woodlot licences are often located close to communities and schools and play host to fieldtrips for students of all ages – from elementary school to post secondary – providing educational opportunities in an outdoor classroom.
An educational “walk in the woods” can include lessons in things as simple as identifying tree species and counting tree rings and as complex as managing watersheds and wildlife habitat in a sustainable working forest.
The FBCWA has a resource package available to provide education on BC’s forests, protecting forest values and resources and how they can be managed by visiting woodlot licences around BC.
The resource package includes curricular connections, lesson plan, activity sheets and a DVD. Ollie’s Woodlot Adventures take you to a woodlot licence where you will learn about trees and how a forest is managed sustainably. Bookmarks and carabineers with educational cards are also available. To request any of the educational resources or a complete package by mail, email email@example.com or download the digital versions below: