Thank You Mission Municipal Forest for hosting a wonderful conference, thank you to all of our sponsors for your support and to the record number of participants for attending and contributing to a very successful event!
The 16th annual conference and AGM was held the unceded, ancestral and shared territory of the Coast Salish Sto:lo People. We are grateful to all of our participants, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, BCCFA board and staff for their involvement, networking and support for the positive future of community forestry.
Here are some highlights from the week.
After the field trip, participants, sponsors, and special guests enjoyed a welcome reception. Then, on Thursday, 13th the conference was in full swing with a day of presentations on a range of topics.
Some photos and quote highlights from our speakers:
Following a wonderful day of presentations, the annual awards banquet and silent auction was held.
The last day of the conference began with the BCCFA AGM, followed by a special session on Reconciliation through Education and Understanding where attendees participated in The KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ .
Our Host the Mission Municipal Forest
The Mission Tree Farm Licence #26, also known as the Mission Municipal Forest, has been a member of the BCCFA since inception in 2002. It was formed in 1958 as an outcome of the report from Gordon Sloan and the Royal Commission on the Forest Resources of British Columbia of 1945, where there was a recommendation that municipalities manage the local forests. Operating for over 60 years, Mission will share their experiences of addressing the challenges of managing their area based working forest in the lower mainland, access management, recreational interests, educational programming and deepening relations with their First Nations neighbours.