Resources

Publications

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.

 

The Federation Celebrates 25 Years

Peter and Woodlot Number One

 

PDF FBCWA - Celebrates 25 Years - The Federator (September 2012)

 

 

 

 

Selected Woodlot and Small Tenure Content

 

PDF FBCWA - Report on British Columbia's Woodlot License Program (November 2007)

 

BC Journal of Ecosystems & Management (JEM) - 2007

 

PDF Moving ahead on social and socio economic issues crucial for sustainable forest management

PDF Trade-off analysis for decision making in natural resources: Where we are and where we are headed

PDF A review and synthesis of social indicators for sustainable forest management

PDF Economic indicators and their use in sustainable forest management

PDF Big expectations for small forest tenures in British Columbia

PDF A bird's eye view of small tenure holdings in British Columbia

PDF Governance and management of small forest tenures in British Columbia

PDF Ecology and management of small tenures: Implications for landscape- and estate-level forest management

PDF Strength in diversity: Market opportunities and benefits from small forest tenures

 

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AlmanacAlmanac Newsletter

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

PDF Winter 2014

To view older Almanac Issues, click here for our archive.

 

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The Woodlot Communicator

PDF January - February 2014

PDF November - December 2013

PDF September - October 2013

PDF July-August 2013

PDF May-June 2013

PDF March-April 2013

PDF Jan-Feb 2013

To view older Woodlot Communicator Issues, click here for our archive.

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Forest Practices Board - Woodlot Bulletin

PDF Volume 10 - posted March 2010

 

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Safety

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 Rick Biller at r_biller@telus.net 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.

WorkSafeBC administers the Workers Compensation Act for the B.C. Ministry of Labour.
For more information go to www.worksafebc.com

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
assessments.

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Presentations

 

Selected Content

PDF Viewpoints - Small Scale Forestry with Big Responsibilities
This article was published in the March-April 2009 edition of the BC Forest professional magazine

 

Other Presentations

PDF FBCWA Presentation to the Mid-term Timber Supply Committee (July 10, 2012)

PDF The Future of Family Forests, Larry Mason, University of Washington

PDF Protecting Secondary Structure to Enhance Future Timber Supplies (October 3, 2008) (1072 kb)

H. MacyPDF Emerging Markets: Carbon Aggregation for Family Forest Owners (October 17, 2008) (397 kb)

PDF FBCWA - Neighbours & Business Partners: Woodlot Licences and BC's Rural Communities (May 2008) - an overview of woodlots and woodlot licences (5.5mb)

PDF Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agroforestry Division (2005) - A program overview which includes an introduction to Agroforestry and some Agroforesty projects (6.6mb)

PDF Where's The Profit? - Agroforestry Economics (450kb)

PDF Forest Products Opportunities (2005) - Includes an economic strategy for managing aspen in northern BC (570kb)

PDF Lamb Marketing 101 (12.5mb)

PDF BC's Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative (2002) - Includes Purpose, Vision, Strategic Goals, Possible Projects and Funding Opportunities (780kb)

PDF Agroforestry In BC (2005) - Excellent overview of agroforestry (14.7mb)

 

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Educational

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.ollie

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

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PDF Vocabulary Quiz (& Answer Key)

PDF Easy Intermediate Crossword Puzzle (& Answer Key)

PDF Intermediate Crossword Puzzle (& Answer Key)

PDF Local Association Contact List (for Woodlot Tours, by Forest District)

 

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)

 

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Annual General Meetings


Host of the 2013 Annual General meetings of the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations & Woodlot Product Development Council

2013 AGM FBCWA & WPDC
Thursday, Sept 19 – Sunday, September 22, 2013


The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations (FBCWA) held their annual conference and AGM in Campbell River and Quadra Island, September 19-22, 2013.

Conference Highlights

2013 Woodlot Stewardship Recognition video — Jerry Benner presented a 16-minute video describing the evolution of the woodlot program on Quadra Island and highlighting some of the challenges and successes licensees have faced and accomplished since the program’s inception in the late 1980s.  (Link to the video coming soon!)

Rick Monchak, RPF, TimberWest — Rick’s presentation, “Woodlot Style” Forestry on a TFL, provided a detailed history and description of the company’s approach to managing land on Quadra Island over the past 30 years.

Judi Cunningham, UBC Sauder School of Business — Judi Cunningham’s presentation highlighted the importance of family-run businesses to the global economy and included all kinds of practical information and resources for business owners and family members to think about.

Bill Markvoort and Terry Basso, Probyn Group — Bill and Terry offered an enlightening presentation about coastal log markets. They used graphs, charts and years of local knowledge to make sense of current log market opportunities and also provided insights and advice to help land managers best plan for future cycles.

Friday Night Banquet

Not to be out done by the charm of the west coast, the excellent spread at the April Point Lodge or the lively entertainment, Minister Thomson gave a heartfelt speech to the group acknowledging the dedication, commitment and contributions that woodlot licensees make to the overall fabric of forest stewardship in the province.

Field Tour Highlights

Saturday’s field tour on Quadra Island was an excellent opportunity to hear firsthand how other forest managers tackle issues. Because many PFLA members face challenges 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 discussed managing for visual quality objectives (VQOs) and offered examples of different strategies used:

  • leave a standing buffer vs. clear to the road in staggered sections (red alder site)
  • commercial thin vs. patch cut (Douglas-fir site)

It was interesting to learn what the expectations of tourism operators are, and how woodlot lincensees are managing those expectations.

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A second highlight, was Rick Monchak’s facts and figures comparing the visual and economic history of a 1975 cable commercial thinning. Using recent timber cruise data, Rick compared the block with an adjacent untreated control site and presented the long-term outcomes in those particular circumstances.

The presentation was a handy reminder that different treatments impact the long-term value of a stand. A lot of the things you do — the treatments you carry out, the investments you make — you do because they make good sense at the time, but then decades later you can realize it doesn’t make sense anymore.

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We were also lucky to tour Mark Nighswander’s private property where he described, with enthusiasm, the diversity of trees he’s planted in an endeavour to establish non-native species known for their high values, including a variety of eastern Canadian hardwoods.

You can visit our Facebook page to see a few more Quadra Island field tour photos.

The many organizers, volunteers, staff and community members in Campbell River and on Quadra Island hosted a great event and shared a positive and inspiring perspective on community friendly forestry.



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.

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Links

 

Resources

   

BC Woodlot boundaries and numbers, plotted in Google Earth

Woodlot for Windows

Forest Investment Account

BCMAFF InfoBasket

Resource Tenures and Engineering (RTEB) Woodlot license

BC Ministry of Forests

National Forest Strategy (2003-2008)

Guidance when dealing with a catastrophic event necessitating increased harvesting on woodlot licences - Memo

 

Canada's Forest Network

Manitoba Model Forest

BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Sawmill and Woodlot Magazine

Small Woodlots Program

Virtual Resource Centre on Forest Renewal BC's
Enhanced Forestry Program

Praxiom - ISO 9000 Resource

Canadian Forests Internet Gateway

Associations and Societies

 

 

Ecoforestry Institute Society of Canada (Certification information and training)

Private Forest Land Owners Association

Tree Canada Foundation

FORREX - Forest Research Extension Society

Scottish Woodlot Association

Charles Bloom Secondary School WL #1908 and Forestry Program

 

Woodlot Association of Alberta

La Fédération des producteurs de bois du Québec / Federation of Wood Producers of Quebec

New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners

Cariboo Woodlot Association

South Cariboo Woodlot Association

North Island Woodlot Association

Nadina Woodlot Association

Manitoba Woodlot Association

Ontario Woodlot Association

New Brunswick Woodlot Association

Federation of NS Woodland Owners

Woodlot Licenses

   

Bear Spring Enterprises Ltd - Woodlot 1670

 

Winlaw Creek Woodlot - Woodlot License W1832

Touchwood Tours - Mark Clark Woodlot 1726

 

New Woodlot Ads

 

  Westlake Woodlands Woodlots

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Glossary

 

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.

PDF Glossary of Common Terms

 

Terms of Reference

(Source: The State of British Columbia's Forests 2006, Ministry of Forests and Range)

PDF Forestry Terms of Reference for the Environment

PDF Terms of Reference for the Forest Economy and Society & the Forest

PDF Terms of Reference for Governance and Support of our Forests

 

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