BC’s Extreme Wildfire Season Threatens Replanting

August 13, 2021

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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2021-08-16T21:36:59-07:00August 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|

BC’s Woodlots in the Time of COVID

Spring is here, but it may not feel like a time of renewal at the moment for many of us. COVID-19 has changed so many aspects of our daily lives. We hope you, and those in your circle, are staying safe and healthy. We’re fortunate to live in a province that puts community first… you see it in BC’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, just as we see it in the way our province’s resources are managed. We’re grateful for the leading role our government has taken in flattening the curve and looking out for everyone’s best interests.

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2020-05-05T20:59:56-07:00May 4th, 2020|
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