Forest Life: British Columbia Woodlots by Wim Tewinkel
Forest Life: British Columbia Woodlots by Wim Tewinkel showcases and celebrates BC’s woodlots, woodlot licensees and their families. Through beautiful photos and a few words, this book captures the seasonal beauty of coastal and interior woodlots and portrays the landscapes and diversity of our forests as well as the stewardship of those who manage them.
You can order it through Paypal for only $39.95.
Issues of the FBCWA's 'The Woodland Almanac' quarterly newsletter (a joint publication of the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations and the Woodlot Product Development Council) are available in PDF form. Click PDF icons below to view/download issues.
2013 Almanac Issues
2012 Almanac Issues
2011 Almanac Issues
2010 Almanac Issues
2009 Almanac Issues
2008 Almanac Issues
2007 Almanac Issues
2006 Almanac Issues
To learn more about BC's woodlot licences and the people who manage them, sign up for our
FBCWA Safety Program (June 11, 2012)
The FBCWA Woodlot Licence Safety Program which meets Safe Certification requirements is now available. It is referred to as the Safety Management System. Please contact Rick Biller at email@example.com to request a binder or flashdrive which contains the program. All Safety Management System information and downloads are also available on the BC Forest Safety Council website at the following link:http://www.bcforestsafe.org/woodlot_safety.html
Safety in the Forest Industry
There are 2 regulatory bodies overseeing forest safety in BC. WorkSafeBC and the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) which was created by the forest industry in 2004.
BCFSC has developed a forest safety infrastructure across BC, providing safety management systems leading to SAFE (Safety Accord Forestry Enterprise) Company certification. SAFE Companies is designed to assist companies in improving their safety performance and to evaluate company safety programs using industry recognized audit protocols. All types and sizes of companies can be evaluated using one of three different audit tools. The BASE audit (Basic Audit Safety Evaluation) is for companies that have 20 or more workers, the SEBASE audit (Small Employer BASE) is for companies that have between 3 and 19 workers, and the IOOBASE audit (Independent Owner Operator BASE) program is for independent owners/operators of 1-2 person companies.
WorkSafeBC coverage may be a legal requirement so woodlot licensees are advised to check with WorkSafeBC before commencing operations. Participation in the BC Forest Safety Council’s SAFE Companies program is recommended but optional.
For information on how to register, audit category, and other requirements and benefits to being SAFE Certified, go to www.bcforestsafe.org/
There are 2 phases to the Safe Company Program. 1 is to be Work Safe Compliant (is intended to assist woodlot licensees and owners comply with WorkSafeBC regulations and being registered with the BCFSC). The other is to be Work Safe Certified.
The BCFSC is also a certifying partner to WorkSafeBC’s Certificate of Recognition (COR)
program. As a result, companies achieving SAFE Certification from the Council are also
eligible to receive COR recognition from WorkSafeBC, and a 10% rebate on their
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 resources package includes a 12 minute DVD "Our Family Forests: BC's Woodlot Licence Program", a lesson plan, vocabulary quiz, crossword puzzles, curricular connections for teachers and a contact list for woodlot tours in the local forest districts. These documents are available for download below.
Educational Program Documents
To request a complete package or just the DVD, contact Cathy McClary
at 250-961-0271 or by email.
Also available on request are:
Bookmarks - view (PDF)
Bookmarks with wildflower strip for planting - view (PDF)
Carabiners with a set of educational cards attached - view (PDF)
Host of the 2013 Annual General meetings of the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations & Woodlot Product Development Council
Woodlots – The Island Way: A Showcase of Community Friendly Forestry
2013 AGM FBCWA & WPDC
Thursday, Sept 19 – Sunday, September 22, 2013
Campbell River, at the Historical Painter's Lodge Resort & the April Point Lodge Resort
For preferred accommodation rates, please call 1-800-663-7090 or Laurie McPherson 250-370-6503 and mention "preferred rates for FBCWA".
Take this opportunity to attend the AGM and extend your stay for a vacation. Check out Campbell River, activities and accommodations on Youtube:
YVR Community Showcase Campbell River
For general information on Campbell River and area click here.
The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations celebrated 25 years at the annual general meeting 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 graduate from a woodlot family, talking 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.
Associations and Societies
WoodSource BC is BC's online wood marketplace. This is your opportunity to buy and sell more wood products and services than ever before. WoodSourceBC.com is a free tool and is easy to use. Create your profile and start listing items for sale, items you want to buy, and searching for new business opportunities. Visit Woodsource BC here.
Click here for an online glossary of common forestry terms, searchable by initial letter (it will appear in a new window). The glossary is also available for download as a PDF file below.
Terms of Reference
(Source: The State of British Columbia's Forests 2006, Ministry of Forests and Range)