The FBCWA has supported education through scholarships since 2001. Initially there was only one scholarship for $500. Since 2014 two scholarships have been awarded, one for $2000 and one for $1000. Students related to a woodlot licensee and/or private forest land owner or students who have no family connection and are sponsored by a woodlot licensee, and are attending post-secondary education, are eligible for these awards. Preference is given to a student entering a forestry-related program and awards are based on the evaluation of an essay submitted by applicants. The scholarship is funded by monies raised each year at the Federation’s Annual General Meeting via a silent auction of items donated by woodlot associations, licensees, private forest landowners and other forestry organizations.
Recipients for our 2019 scholarship were announced at the 2019 conference in Smithers.
The Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations awards are for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management. Annually one woodlot licensee from the Coast, Southern Interior and Northern Interior Regions will be recognized and awarded $2500.00. Of those three, the top performer will be selected and awarded an additional $1000 – $2500. Licensees are invited to apply for the Minister’s Awards and a woodlot licensee may also be nominated by a woodlot association, another licensee, an individual, Ministry of FLNRO or the Federation. The award is subject to funding availability. The awards for 2019 will be awarded at the October AGM in Smithers where Minister Donaldson will be present to make the awards.
Award recipients were announced at the 2019 conference in Smithers.
Project proposals and funding are a Woodlot Product Development Council Initiative.
For the 2017-18 fiscal year, the Board of Directors for the Woodlot Product Development Council (WPDC) is commencing a pilot initiative to allocate funds to Extraordinary Projects that are not included in the joint work plan with the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations (FBCWA). Eligible proponents must be one of the following: Woodlot Licensee, Woodlot Association, WPDC Board of Directors or FBCWA Board of Directors. The total amount allotted is $100,000. Initial intake for submitting applications began November 1st with no cut-off deadline for the pilot year. After the first intake of November 1, 2017, applications will continue to be received until the end of the fiscal year. In the event of competing proposals, the Board will assign the highest priority to Provincial projects that benefit the most woodlot licensees, a medium priority for regional and a lower priority for association level projects.
For more information, please contact WPDC Coordinator Cathy McClary.
For information on the WPDC R. & D. project visit the Council’s webpage.
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The 2019 woodlot licensee survey is closed. 2020 survey will be available to complete at the end of the year.