Located in the traditional territory of the Ts’il Kaz Koh, also known as the Burns Lake Band, the annual conference will be co-hosted by the Burns Lake, Chinook and Cheslatta Community Forests. Together they are preparing an experience for delegates that should not be missed.
Burns Lake Community Forest (BLCF), the very first CFA awarded in BC, was the site for the 2006 BCCFA conference. Many of us were first exposed to the vast extent of the devastation caused by the mountain pine beetle as we traveled from other parts of the province. The memory of coming around a corner and seeing red pine trees on an entire hillside for the first time remains vivid. Burns Lake was at the centre of the epidemic and was among the first to get an uplift in their AAC to get the beetle wood out.
The 2006 conference theme – From Pilots to Performers – recognized that community forestry is not just a political experiment or social engineering, rather that CFAs are significant contributors to the economy of rural and First Nation communities and hold a long term commitment to the land, regardless of the challenges. Now, 12 years later, the beetle uplift is winding down and BLCF is setting priorities for post beetle management. Their strategy includes extensive community engagement, strengthened relationships with their First Nation partners and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. Proud of the successes and open to sharing the lessons learned along the way, BLCF, along with the Cheslatta and the new Chinook Community Forests are looking forward to welcoming delegates to Burns Lake.
Thursday, May 24th
9:00-3:30 Field trip to the Burns Lake Community Forest with a focus on management approaches in the post beetle era and local special features.
6:00-10:00 Opening Reception
Friday, May 25th
8:30-4:30 Sessions will provide the latest information on provincial government priorities and programs of critical importance to community forests. These will include the BC Flood and Fire Review, Rural Development, Indigenous Relations, Modernized Land Use Planning, and Funding Opportunities, This full day will also include a workshop on Skills for Community Engagement, along with Manager and Board sessions on current and emerging issues.
Lunch with Keynote Speaker, Minister of Forests, Land, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson, including the presentation of the Robin Hood Memorial Award for Excellence in Community Forestry.
6:00-10:00 BCCFA Banquet
Saturday, May 26th
8:00-2:30 The day will begin with the BCCFA AGM, followed by a special session – Wildfire Science and Community Protection: Fire and Fuels Management, with Lori Daniels, Bruce Blackwell and Stephan Martineau. This dynamic and timely session will be open to the public and will put the focus on all aspects of wildfire including fire science, fuel management, Community Wildfire Protection Plans, FireSmart and community support for treatments.
Confirmed speakers include:
Lunch Keynote Speaker – Honourable Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Lori Daniels, Professor, UBC Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences – Lori will present on the latest in wildfire science and community wildfire protection.
Bruce Blackwell, RPF, RPBio, BA Blackwell and Associates – Bruce is a leading resource on fire and fuels management and policy to mitigate the risk of catastrophic fires in the wildland/urban interface.
Stephan Martineau, Manager of the Slocan Integral Forestry Co-Operative – SifCo has gained extensive expertise in risk assessment and management for community wildfire protection in the Slocan Valley.