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Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society 
Fall 2015 Newsletter

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Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society
2015 Fall Newsletter

Welcome to our Fall 2015 Newsletter.  The goal of this newsletter is to keep you up-to-date and informed on the activities of the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society, community forestry, and the benefits of forest and natural resource management.  Your support is greatly appreciated and important in ensuring the continued success of our organization!  Please feel free to share and distribute widely! To learn more about the LNTCFS visit our website www.LNTCFS.org.

Thanks to our UBC Summer Interns!

Our summer interns Karen and Simone (you may have heard them on the radio, twice!) have flown the coop, and it is far too quiet. Both students were able to gain valuable experience working in the industry, while we benefited through their assistance in field activities such as Site Plan data collection, block layout, stream assessments, and regeneration surveys. They were also privileged to attend the BC Community Forestry Association Conference and learned a lot! On behalf of the directors and staff, I wish them all the best!!

2015 Job Creation Partnership

Our fifth Job Creation Program (JCP) through the Ministry of Social Development was approved and is now underway with Rick Proulx hired as supervisor and two to four participants gaining work experience and training. The project runs from April 2015 to March 2016 and includes trail maintenance around the Hoover Lake and Skull Mountain areas, fence line clearing and fencing for local ranchers, as well as some brushing and tree planting. Total funding for this project is $280,000.

JCP brushing a Community Forest block

Operations Update & Harvest Plan

Hauling is now completed on the blocks harvested last winter in the Wikkiup Creek and Dixon Lake areas.  Our fall/winter harvest plans are shown below in yellow with the operations planned in the Wikkiup, Blomley Mountain, and Dixon areas of the community forest.  DRB Contracting, Jay Springs Contracting, Salle Ranch, and Rilcoe Contracting are the contractors involved in these projects.  
 
Site preparation (stump removal and piling) activities are currently active in the Wikkiup area; Greg Fennell Contracting is completing this work.

Tour of the Community Forest

Thanks to everyone who came out to our tour! We were overwhelmed by the response and interest we received. We saw the different stages of harvest and regrowth in the Community Forest and discussed forest health issues. 

EDUCATION

Know Your Trees
Black Cottonwood
(Populus balsamifera)

Black Cottonwood grows in wet sites and its resin and buds have many important medicinal and traditional uses. It is a common deciduous tree in the Community Forest.
Click here to learn more about this important species.

Learn More About Community Forestry in BC
 

LNTCFS is proud to be a member and supporter of the BC Community Forest Association, a network of rural community based organizations engaged in community forest management. 
Click here to learn more about the BC Community Forest Association.



 
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