Annual General Meeting & Conference2019-12-03T09:11:26-08:00

The Nadina, Kispiox and Bulkley Woodlot Associations hosted the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations’ 32nd and Woodlot Product Development Council’s 22nd annual general meetings and conference at the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers, BC October 6 – 7, 2019.

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The theme of the Conference was Beyond Sawlogs: Woodlot Challenges and Opportunities with topics around wood utilization, fuel and smoke management. Field tours included three industry partners in Houston that are working cooperatively to utilize and convert wood fibre into wood products: Canfor Houston supermill which makes commodity lumber products; Corewood uses low-value logs to make wood products such as cants and rig mats; and Pinnacle Renewable energy uses woody biomass to make woody pellets.

2019 FBCWA AGM business report
Beyond Sawlogs: A Comfor Experience – Jay Baker
BiOS: A Roadside Biomass Volume App – Stu Spencer, FP Innovations
Collaborative Approach to Smoke Management in the Bulkley TSA – Ben Weinstein
Fuel Mgmt on WLs – Mike Simpson
Pinnacle Pellet – Josh McQuillin
Coastal WL Perspective on Low Grade Log Fibre Utilization – Ed Hughes
Wood Adds Sustainability to Ecosystems – Karen Price

The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations’ 31st and Woodlot Product Development Council’s 21st annual general meetings and conference were held October 12 – 14, 2018 in Williams Lake, BC. The theme of the Conference From Adversity Comes Inspiration highlighted what happened in the Cariboo and around Williams Lake during the 2017 wildfire season, understanding the recovery work that’s underway, and looking at what needs to change in the future.

FBCWA Business report_2018 AGM
2017 Wildfire Recovery Update – Mike Pedersen, FLNRORD_2018 AGM
2018 Fire Season & Key Forward Strategies – Ian Meier, BC Wildfire Service_2018 AGM
Key Government Initiatives & Reviews – Patrick Russell, FLNRORD_2018 AGM
2018 FBCWA AGM Panel Introduction
2017 Wildfire Evacuee – Brian McNaughton, FBCWA_2018 AGM
2018 Nadina Fires – Miles Fuller_2018 AGM
Industry Impacts & Perspectives 2017 & 2018 Wildfires – Jeff Mycock, West Fraser_2018 AGM
Forests Under Seige – Insect Response to Changing Landscapes -Lorraine Maclauchlan, FLNRORD_2018 AGM
Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategies – Bob Gray_2018 AGM

The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations’ 30th and Woodlot Product Development Council’s 20th annual general meetings and conference was held October 1-3, 2017 in Sun Peaks, BC. The theme was Woodlots: Achieving Peak Performance with an emphasis on Social Licence, what it means to woodlot licensees and how to achieve it. Nancy Greene-Raine opened the conference at the Sunday night social.

BCCA Social Licence & Agriculture Presentation_2017 AGM
Woodlot Licences Communicating Social Licence_2017 AGM
Future of WL Program Presentation
Fires and Soils Impact on WLs Presentation_2017 AGM
Timber Pricing Presentation_2017 AGM

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)

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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)

AGM 2014 September 18 - 21, Golden

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.

AGM 2013 September 19 - 22, Quadra Island/Campbell River

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.

AGM 2012 September 13 - 15, Fort St. John

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.