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Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society 
Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society
2014 Spring Newsletter

Welcome to our Spring 2014 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!

Community Meetings

On behalf of the LNTCFS and our Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to our series of community input meetings held through February in the five communities of the Lower North Thompson.  I found it to be an extremely valuable opportunity to identify and discuss grass roots values, concerns, and ideas from people we represent.  I would also like to offer a special thank-you to our facilitator Hank Cameron and Chairperson Harley Wright for their hard work in making sure the events were a success, to the caterers for their delicious meals, and to the many other people who helped organize these events.

A report summarizing the input received has now been prepared and is available upon request.  Further to this, the LNTCFS Board of Directors is now working to compile and translate this information into a long term Strategic Plan that will guide our organization into the future.

Barriere Community Meeting - February 20, 2014

Grants Update

The LNTCFS received a total of ten applications for our 2013 grants from local non-profit organizations.  Based on review and discussion of applications received, the Board of Directors made the decision to allocate $17,250 in grants as follows:

  • Yellowhead Pioneer Residence Society ($1,000) for a landscaped shade/privacy berm
  • McLure Volunteer Firefighters & Recreation Association ($5,000) for new firefighter uniforms and training
  • Barriere & District Heritage Society ($1,000) for the establishment of a heritage garden at the museum
  • North Thompson Volunteer & Information Center ($1,000) for improvements to their After School Program
  • Yellowhead 4H Club ($2,500) for purchase of weigh scale, stock blowdryers, and event tents
  • Little Fort Recreation Society ($2,500) for kitchen counter top replacement in the upper community hall
  • North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association ($3,500) for replacement of the Announcers booth & crows nest structures in the Dick Ross Memorial Rodeo Arena
  • North Thompson Communities Foundation ($750) for bursary/scholarship writing workshop

As well, an additional $15,000 allocated under our 2013 grants for student awards will be distributed in the form of bursaries and/or scholarships through Barriere Secondary School to support post-secondary education.

McLure Fire Hall - Grant Recognition, April 2014

2014 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 four participants gaining work experience and training.  The 2014 project runs from March to November and includes clearing and maintenance of existing trail systems in the Johnson Lake, Orchard Lake, and Skull Mountain areas, maintenance of Fishtrap Campsite, and the establishment of new trails in the Parky Lake/Imada area. Local Ranchers and Back Country Horsemen will be volunteering to give direction on planning and scouting trails in need of work as well as providing materials and supplies needed to maintain the campsite area.  Total funding for this project is $237,000.

Utility Transport Vehicle (UTV) Safety Training

2014 UBC Summer Interns

We are pleased to announce LNTCFS has been selected to host two summer interns from the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Forestry. Patrik Friesen is currently completing his second year of the Natural Resource Conservation while Colin Langston is completing his third year of the Forest Resource Management Program.  Both students are enthusiastic and eager to further develop theirs skills within the environment of the Lower North Thompson Community Forest.

Operations Update

Harvesting operations over the past winter were focused in the South Barriere Lake / Wikkiup Creek area of the community forest and consisted of pine salvage operations, safety improvements for sightlines along the South Barriere Lake Road, and rehabilitation of a low volume cedar birch stands.  DRB Contracting and Salle Ranch are the contractors involved in these projects. Our current plans are to re-commence harvesting in June following lifting of road restrictions. 
 
Tree planting is scheduled to commence early May and totals 71,000 seedlings.  The LNTCFS will continue utilizing teabag fertilizer with our planted trees to improve establishment, reduce future brushing costs, and improve long-term growth.

2014 Rural Living Exposition

The LNTCFS will be participating once again in the 2nd annual Rural Living Exposition, scheduled for April 26 - 27th, 2014 in Barriere, BC.  In addition to our indoor booth, we have also partnered with Leading Edge Motorsports to provide ATV/UTV demos and safety training!  Please come out and support this great local event. 

Enter our raffle to win a iPad mini as well as tree giveaways!

Click here for more information on this event.

EDUCATION

Know Your Trees
Douglas-Fir
(Pseudotsuga menziesii)

Douglas-fir is the most commonly found tree species within the Lower North Thompson 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 Assocation, 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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