Forest Life: British Columbia Woodlots by Wim Tewinkel
Forest Life: British Columbia Woodlots by Wim Tewinkel showcases and celebrates BC’s woodlots, woodlot licensees and their families. Through beautiful photos and a few words, this book captures the seasonal beauty of coastal and interior woodlots and portrays the landscapes and diversity of our forests as well as the stewardship of those who manage them.
You can order it through Paypal for only $39.95.
Issues of the FBCWA's 'The Woodland Almanac' quarterly newsletter (a joint publication of the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations and the Woodlot Product Development Council) are available in PDF form. Click PDF icons below to view/download issues.
2014 Almanac Issues
To view older Almanac Issues, click here for our archive.
To view older Woodlot Communicator Issues, click here for our archive.
FBCWA Safety Program (June 11, 2012)
The FBCWA Woodlot Licence Safety Program which meets Safe Certification requirements is now available. It is referred to as the Safety Management System. Please contact Lisa Marak @ firstname.lastname@example.org to request a binder or flashdrive which contains the program. All Safety Management System information and downloads are also available on the BC Forest Safety Council website at the following link:http://www.bcforestsafe.org/woodlot_safety.html
Safety in the Forest Industry
There are 2 regulatory bodies overseeing forest safety in BC. WorkSafeBC and the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) which was created by the forest industry in 2004.
BCFSC has developed a forest safety infrastructure across BC, providing safety management systems leading to SAFE (Safety Accord Forestry Enterprise) Company certification. SAFE Companies is designed to assist companies in improving their safety performance and to evaluate company safety programs using industry recognized audit protocols. All types and sizes of companies can be evaluated using one of three different audit tools. The BASE audit (Basic Audit Safety Evaluation) is for companies that have 20 or more workers, the SEBASE audit (Small Employer BASE) is for companies that have between 3 and 19 workers, and the IOOBASE audit (Independent Owner Operator BASE) program is for independent owners/operators of 1-2 person companies.
WorkSafeBC coverage may be a legal requirement so woodlot licensees are advised to check with WorkSafeBC before commencing operations. Participation in the BC Forest Safety Council’s SAFE Companies program is recommended but optional.
For information on how to register, audit category, and other requirements and benefits to being SAFE Certified, go to www.bcforestsafe.org/
There are 2 phases to the Safe Company Program. 1 is to be Work Safe Compliant (is intended to assist woodlot licensees and owners comply with WorkSafeBC regulations and being registered with the BCFSC). The other is to be Work Safe Certified.
The BCFSC is also a certifying partner to WorkSafeBC’s Certificate of Recognition (COR)
program. As a result, companies achieving SAFE Certification from the Council are also
eligible to receive COR recognition from WorkSafeBC, and a 10% rebate on their
The FBCWA has a resource package available to provide education on BC's forests, protecting forest values and resources and how they can be managed by visiting woodlot licences around BC.
The resources package includes a 12 minute DVD "Our Family Forests: BC's Woodlot Licence Program", a lesson plan, vocabulary quiz, crossword puzzles, curricular connections for teachers and a contact list for woodlot tours in the local forest districts. These documents are available for download below.
NEW! Ollie’s Woodlot Adventures Colouring and Activity Book
Ollie’s adventures take you to a woodlot licence where you will learn about trees and how a forest is managed sustainably. To view a sample, click here. You can also order a supply by emailing.
Educational Program Documents
To request a complete package or just the DVD, contact Lisa Marak.
at 250-961-0271 or by email.
Also available on request are:
Bookmarks - view (PDF)
Bookmarks with wildflower strip for planting - view (PDF)
Carabiners with a set of educational cards attached - view (PDF)
The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations’ 27th and the Woodlot Product Development Council’s 17th Annual General Meetings and Conference will take place will take place at Golden’s historic Civic Centre located at 810 10th Ave. S. (Hwy 97S), Golden, BC.
For registration online and payment using a credit card through Paypal, click here
Complete paper copy of registration form and mail along with a cheque payable to:
Woodlot Product Development Council
PO Box 23011 Plaza 33 Postal Outlet
Kelowna, BC V1X 7K7
For general registration enquiries contact Cathy McClary at (250) 961-0271 or email@example.com
AccommodationYou are responsible for booking your own reservations. Please book as soon as possible to get the preferred rates at the following accomodations:
Eh Canadian Lodge* (starting at $90.00) call 1-866-693-3341
Alpine Meadows Lodge* ($99.00) call 250-344-5863
Winston Lodge* ($129.00) call 250-272-7272
Prestige Inn ($119.95) call 250-344-7990
Ramada Inn ($92.00) call 1-800-593-0511
Note: Accommodations marked with an * are owned and operated by woodlot licensees.
For those preferring to camp, the following campsites are nearby:
Golden Municipal Campground and RV Site 250-344-5412
Golden Golf Club RV Park 250-344-270
The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations (FBCWA) held their annual conference and AGM in Campbell River and Quadra Island, September 19-22, 2013. Highlights included Rich Monchak, RPF, Timber West’s presentation “Woodlot Style” forestry on a TFL on Quadra Island; Judi Cunningham, UBC Sauder School of Business’ presentation highlighting the importance of family-run businesses to the global economy; Probyn Group spoke on coastal log markets; and Minister Thomson’s speech and presentation of the Minister’s Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management at the Friday night banquet.
Saturday’s field tour on Quadra Island was an excellent opportunity to hear firsthand how other forest managers tackle issues such as operating close to the urban interface in coastal communities, it was particularly interesting to visit the Village Bay Road stop on the north end of the island. Woodlot licensees, tourism operators and ministry staff also discussed managing for visual quality objectives (VQOs).
A second tour was with Rick Monchak’s comparing a current stand that had been part of a 1975 cable thinning commercial thinning project to an adjacent untreated control site and considering the economics and long-term outcomes.
The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations celebrated 25 years at the annual general meeting in Fort St. John where the inaugural meeting was held. This special event began with a social on the evening of Thursday September 13 2012 and ended with a Bison BBQ on Saturday September 15 2012.
Highlights included speakers, in particular Janice Burns, recent UBC graduate from a woodlot family, talking about using LIDAR - remote sensing technology, to improve our forest inventory information; a woodlot tour discussing the challenges of stand management and vegetation control in the Peace Country; River boat tour on the Peace River and a Trap shoot at the North Peace Road and Gun Club.
The FBCWA and WPDC conducted their Directors' meetings immediately following the AGM on Sunday September 16, 2012.
Associations and Societies
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Click here for an online glossary of common forestry terms, searchable by initial letter (it will appear in a new window). The glossary is also available for download as a PDF file below.
Terms of Reference
(Source: The State of British Columbia's Forests 2006, Ministry of Forests and Range)