Woodlotters and the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations welcome Gord Chipman as their new General Manager

February 8, 2023

KELOWNA – Woodlotters and the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations are pleased to welcome Gord Chipman as their new General Manager. He takes over the reins from Brian McNaughton, who has tirelessly served for 22 years, ensuring the woodlot program was in good hands. Brian will still be sharing his knowledge through his company, Lone Tree Consulting, and will also be enjoying more time with his grandchildren!

Gord is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with extensive experience working in the BC forest sector including the North Coast, Northern Interior and Central Interior. He has his own consulting company – Xylem Resource Management Ltd.

For the past 12½ years, Gord has managed Alkali Resource Management Ltd. (ARM) – an integrated forest management company established to manage the Esk’etemc (Alkali Lake) First Nations’ woodlot licence, community forest (27,000ha), woodland tenure (60,000ha), and several forest licences. Under Gord’s management ARM has trained fire crews and carried out burning services, fire hazard reduction projects and tree spacing, including implementation of a landscape level Wildfire Risk Management plan by utilising provincial funding to alleviate wildfire risk around the Alkali Lake community.

Prior to his work with ARM, Gord worked for over 20 years as an area supervisor, operations manager, and log buyer for major forest companies in the Williams Lake area, where he lives with his wife Georgina.

In addition, he has experience working with numerous Boards of Directors, having served as a director for the BC Community Forest Association and President of the Cariboo Woodlot Association for many years.

Having been a forest manager of a woodlot licence, community forest and woodland tenure, Gord has a keen interest in small, area-based forest tenures in British Columbia. He’s looking forward to leading the Federation as it grapples with severe climate change and threat of wildfire. With 80% of woodlot licences within two kilometres of a community, interface fires are a pressing issue that must be addressed. He’s also eager to continue forging relationships with BC’s First Nations.

He’ll be making an effort to travel throughout the province to meet with woodlotters and familiarise himself with the unique challenges on the 845+ woodlots that are managed by a diverse range of licensees.

Welcome, Gord. We look forward to your thoughtful and passionate leadership, especially at this pivotal time for BC’s forests.

The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations was founded in 1988 and represents 17 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.

Contact:
Lisa Marak
Communications Manager
communications@woodlot.bc.ca

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

2023-02-08T08:40:15-08:00February 8th, 2023|

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|
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