BCIT Forest Society, instructor receive minister’s award


The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Forest Society, led by instructor Jonathan Smyth, is being recognized by the Province with the 2020 Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the Coast area.

“I am pleased to announce BCIT is a woodlot award recipient for its commitment to developing future forestry industry leaders,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The dedication and enthusiasm for embracing new sustainable forestry practices demonstrated by lead instructor Jonathan Smyth will ensure our province’s forests will benefit future generations.”

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2021-11-01T10:05:41-07:00October 11th, 2021|

Benjamin Wilson woodlot receives minister’s award for the North

Benjamin (Ben) Wilson is being recognized by the Province with the 2020 Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for British Columbia’s North.

“I am pleased to announce Ben Wilson is a woodlot award recipient for his commitment to his community and First Nations capacity building,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Ben is a great example of what the woodlot program can be for small, innovative rural operators who use every ounce of fibre harvested to maximize the efficiency of the woodlot.”

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2021-10-19T22:20:22-07:00October 11th, 2021|

Sahlstrom woodlot licence receives minister’s provincewide award


Robert (Bob) and Greg Sahlstrom are being recognized by the Province with a 2020 Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the South area.

They are also the recipients of the overall provincial award.

“I am pleased to announce Bob and Greg Sahlstrom as the top overall provincial woodlot licence award recipients for 2020, which is well deserved after the Sahlstrom family’s 70 years of managing their woodlot licence area,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “They are dedicated to maintaining a productive and diverse woodlot operation and generously share access to the property for their local community to enjoy.”

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2021-10-19T22:27:22-07:00October 11th, 2021|

Federation of BC Woodlot Associations releases 2020 Woodlot Licence Program Report following the Throne Speech

Wednesday April 14, 2021

KELOWNA – The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations (FBCWA) has released its first Woodlot Licence program report in over a decade. Woodlot licences are small area-based forest tenures.

The report looks at what sets the ‘Woodlot Licence’ apart from other forest tenures in BC. It provides a brief history, examples of innovation and excellence in forest management and highlights the social, environmental and economic contributions woodlot licences provide to local communities throughout BC.

This unique tenure – having individuals manage Crown forest land, often combined with their own private forest land – was structured to promote small scale enterprises and a stewardship oriented approach to managing forests.

Currently, BC has 850 woodlot licences, accounting for nearly 600,000 hectares of managed forestland. Collectively, they account for ~1.4% of all timber harvested annually in BC. While that might seem like a small percentage, woodlot licences are a big deal on BC’s forest landscape because they are about much more than timber.

They are very much aligned with the model of forest stewardship outlined in the April 12th throne speech delivered by Lt -Gov Janet Austin, stating that “Land management practices will be updated to improve forest stewardship and emphasize environmental protection. The forest sector will be supported to move from volume to value — using innovation to improve management, support communities and generate economic opportunity.”

The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations was founded in 1988 and represents 18 woodlot associations, whose membership includes woodlot licensees and small private woodland owners throughout British Columbia who are committed to practicing exemplary forest and natural resource management.

Find the Woodlot Program Report here: https://woodlot.bc.ca/publications-reports/

Contact:
Brian McNaughton
General Manager
Gen_Manager@bcwoodlot.bc.ca

To learn more about BC’s woodlot licences please visit us at woodlot.bc.ca

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2021-04-16T10:24:15-07:00April 14th, 2021|

Woodlot Challenges and Opportunities – 2019 Conference Theme (FES-FBCWA)

October 6, 2019

SMITHERS, BC – The Federation of British Columbia Woodlot Association (FBCWA) is set to hold their 2019 AGM and Conference in Smithers October 6–7, hosted by the Nadina, Kispiox and Bulkley Woodlot Associations. The theme is Beyond Sawlogs: Woodlot Challenges and Opportunities

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2020-03-31T09:11:19-07:00October 6th, 2019|
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