Old Growth Deferrals & Minister Recognizes Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management

It’s been a time of change in forest policy over the past several months. The provincial government has been navigating the challenge of preserving old growth forests while balancing the economic imperatives of the stakeholders who rely on a constant supply of timber. The recent proposal for Old Growth Deferral and Recruitment has prompted lively discussion about the management of the province’s Crown forests.
 
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2021-12-11T13:19:23-08:00December 10th, 2021|

BC’s Extreme Wildfire Season Threatens Replanting

Wildfire season is taking its toll on British Columbia’s forests, and we’re not out of the woods yet.

As of the end of July, over 3000 firefighters were battling 277 wildfires in the province. The blazes have already claimed 340,000 hectares of forest, with no signs of slowing down.

BC’s woodlots have also suffered substantial losses.

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2021-12-11T13:07:13-08:00August 13th, 2021|

Woodlot Management Reflects Community Values for over 100 Years

It’s unlikely that when Dale Wilson’s grandfather was repaid an outstanding debt with a deed to a stand of trees in the middle of nowhere, it would lead the whole family down such an enriching path.

But that’s exactly what happened in 1916. It placed the Wilson family in a pristine part of British Columbia – Qualicum Bay, on Vancouver Island. Their small parcel of land provided a living for Dale’s father, who harvested timber from the land with horses and an axe. It also provided a lifetime of memories for Dale, especially being lifted onto the backs of those giant horses and wandering the forest on childhood adventures.

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2021-01-31T09:52:42-08:00January 30th, 2021|

Woodlot Licences, while small, are a Big Deal on BC’s Forest Landscape

While everyone knows BC’s forests provide many benefits, do you know about BC’s Woodlot Licences and their unique contributions to communities?

There are woodlots and woodlot licences in British Columbia. A woodlot is a privately owned plot of forest. A woodlot licence is an area-based, long term forest tenure issued by the Province of BC. It’s a social contract to manage a parcel of Crown land, usually in combination with a private woodlot. The licence comes with strict rules, but also grants the right for the licensee to harvest timber on the land.

Today, there are about 850 woodlot licences held throughout BC, accounting for nearly 600,000 hectares of managed forestland and contributing 2% of all the timber harvested annually in BC.

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2020-10-12T23:09:28-07:00October 12th, 2020|

Saulteau First Nations: Woodlot Excellence in the Community

Community. It’s at the heart of every woodlot in British Columbia. Every one of the province’s 850 woodlot licences is woven into the fabric of the communities they share…economically,
ecologically, and socially. For each one, this community relationship is slightly different. Some are nestled up against towns. They’re shared with outdoor enthusiasts on horseback or ATV, hunters, foragers, hikers, and bikers.

Others, still, call the woodlot their home.

This is the case for the Saulteau First Nations, which manages W0231 in Moberly Lake.

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2020-09-03T22:23:38-07:00September 3rd, 2020|
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