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Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society 
Spring 2015 Newsletter

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Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society
2015 Spring Newsletter

Welcome to our Spring 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!

Grants Update

The LNTCFS received a significant number of grant applications in for our 2014 grants with requested funding well exceeding the $15,000 planned amount for disbursement. As a result and due to the merit of the applications received, the LNTCFS Board of Directors chose to increase the total grant amount to help meet the need.  The current disbursement is $63,700, with several applications under further review. The Board of Directors made the decision to allocate grants as follows:
 

  • Barriere Secondary School Athletics ($1,000) for equipment upgrades and funding assistance for youth
  • Yellowhead 4-H club ($2,500) for construction of a building & cement pad for the beef weigh scale
  • Simpcw First Nation ($20,000) for the Simpcw Summer Student Program
  • North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association ($3,500) for washrooms repair & upgrades at the Fall Fair grounds
  • North Thompson Recreation Society ($2,000) for hut maintenance & high school ski program support at the Barriere Forks Ski Trails
  • 4-H Judging Jamboree ($5,000) for support of the event
  • Barriere & District Riding Club ($5,000) for a roof over the Riding Club seating area
  • Barriere 1st Responders ($7,500) for teaching supplies
  • Barriere Youth Soccer Association ($3,000) for soccer supplies
  • Squam Bay Community Club ($6,700) for Squam Bay Community Hall upgrades
  • Barriere Curling Club ($2,000) for funding to provide snacks for youth curling, keep league fees nominal and equipment for youth and seniors programs
  • Pentacostal Christian Life Assembly ($3,000) for carpet replacement in the sanctuary
  • Anti Violence Advocates Society ($1,500) for support for the "Respectful Relationships" program for Barriere elementary and secondary schools
  • Chu Chua First Responders ($1,000) for first aid equipment
  • Barriere Secondary School Parent Advisory Council (PAC) ($2,000) for student assistance with various funding
  • North Thompson Volunteer & Information Center ($1,000) for new computers

Students of the Barriere Secondary School graduating class of 2015 were awarded a total of $16,000 in the form of bursaries and/or scholarships as part of our support for post-secondary education.

2015 Job Creation Partnership

Our sixth 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 2015 project runs from April 2015 to March 2016 and includes clearing and maintenance of existing trail systems in the Hoover Lake and Skull Mountain areas. They will also be completing invasive plant treatments and clearing the cattle access routes in the Skull Mountain area and fence line clearing on Dixon Mountain. The participants will also gain certification for various courses such as Power Saw Safety and Danger Tree Assessment. The community forest has also allowed for tree planting and brushing opportunities. Total funding for this project is $280,000.

Brushing treatment in the Community Forest

2015 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. Simone Levesque is currently completing her second year of the Natural Resource Conservation while Karen McCloskey is completing her 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.

Karen and Simone getting a tour of the forest

Operations Update

Harvesting operations over the past winter were focused in the South Lake, Wikkiup Creek, and Dixon Lake areas of the community forest and consisted primarily of rehabilitation of low volume cedar birch stands and pine salvage.  Stamer Logging and DRB Contracting are the contractors involved in these projects. Our current plans are to haul the remaining decked logs from the Wikkiup area through the summer and recommence harvest operations and site preparation activities this fall. 
 
Tree planting was completed in early May and totaled 100,000 seedlings.  The LNTCFS will continue utilizing teabag fertilizer with our planted trees to improve establishment, reduce future brushing costs, and improve long-term growth.

EDUCATION

BC Community Forest Conference - June 11-13, Clearwater  
 

Join us in Clearwater June 11-13, 2015 for the BC Community Forest Association (BCCFA) Conference and AGM.  Click here to view the program and to register for this event. The BCCFA is a network of rural community based organizations engaged in community forest management. 

Can't make the event? Click here to view the latest Community Forest Indicators report and to learn more about the Benefits of Community Forests in BC.

Know Your Trees
Interior spruce
(Picea glauca x engelmanii)
 

Interior spruce (Engelmann x white spruce) is one of the most widely distributed conifers in Canada and is found throughout the Lower North Thompson Community Forest. It is one of the most important commercial species used for construction and pulp.
Click here to learn more about this important species.

Know Your Damaging Agents
Douglas-fir beetle
(Dendroctonus pseudotsugae)


The Douglas-fir beetle is typically most intensive in the interior of BC. They usually attack mature damaged trees or stressed trees and the tree is killed when the flow of nutrients and water is blocked by the larvae. Click here to learn more about this prevalent species.
 

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