The Federation supports education through several initiatives.
With school closures and self distancing over the past two years, children of woodlot licence families were challenged to visit their family woodlot and share a learning experience from the forest through a video.
The FBCWA has supported education through scholarships since 2001 by awarding two scholarships, one for $2000 and another for $1000 each year. Students related to a woodlot licensee and/or private forest land owner or students sponsored by a woodlot licensee attending post secondary education including the trades, preferably in a natural resource related area of study, are eligible for these awards.
The FBCWA will be accepting applications for the 2022 Scholarship once announced in the Summer edition of the Almanac.
Jared Frasca, recipient of the $2000 scholarship is the son of Paul Frasca, W1563, Columbia Woodlot Association, is attending Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. He has gained considerable summer experience working in firefighting, forest inventories, forest health assessments and silviculture field work. He is the recipient of the $2000 scholarship from the FBCWA and is completing his Bachelor of Natural Resource Science this summer, then continuing his studies to become a Registered Professional Forester.
Olivia Gash, recipient of the $1000 scholarship, is the daughter of Mike Gash, W1808, Cariboo Woodlot Association and has helped with silviculture surveys, beetle probing, GPSing and tree planting on the family woodlot. She is beginning her academic journey at McGill University in Montreal. Having achieved her dual Dogwood as a French Immersion student at Lake City Secondary School in Williams Lake, she’s working towards her Bachelor of Arts with the hopes of eventually working in education.
To learn about our past scholarship recipients:
Woodlot licences are often located close to communities and schools and play host to fieldtrips for students of all ages – from elementary school to post secondary – providing educational opportunities in an outdoor classroom.
An educational “walk in the woods” can include lessons in things as simple as identifying tree species and counting tree rings and as complex as managing watersheds and wildlife habitat in a sustainable working forest.
To learn more about woodlot fieldtrips check out our video ‘Walk in the Woods’ at a BC Woodlot
To arrange a fieldtrip contact firstname.lastname@example.org to put you in touch with a woodlot association representative in your area.
The FBCWA has a resource package available for elementary school aged children on BC’s forests, and how they can be sustainably managed by visiting woodlot licences around BC.
The resource package includes a video and coloring/activity book Ollie’s Woodlot Adventures. Bookmarks and carabineers with educational cards are also available. To request any of the educational resources free of charge, email email@example.com or download the digital versions below: