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.
To learn more about BC's woodlot licences and the people who manage them, sign up for our
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 email@example.com 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)
Host of the 2013 Annual General meetings of the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations & Woodlot Product Development Council
2013 AGM FBCWA & WPDC
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!)
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.
It was interesting to learn what the expectations of tourism operators are, and how woodlot lincensees are managing those expectations.
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.
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.
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)