2018 Rural Dividend – Firewood Business Development Grant

We are pleased to announce funding approval from the BC Rural Dividend Fund of $100,000 towards the development of a firewood processing facility at our millsite.  The objective of this project will be to help utilize mill waste and low value logs from our license area while helping to create local employment and economic diversification of our organization.

Rural Dividend Press Release

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2017 Grants Awarded

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We received a total of twenty-seven grant applications in 2017 with requested funding well exceeding the planned amount for disbursement.   The LNTCFS has now reviewed the applications and is pleased to announce our decision to donate a total $79,994 to the local non-profit organizations detailed below. We wish them the best of luck in completion of their projects.

2017 Grants Summary

2018 Summer Jobs

The LNTCFS is seeking two motivated students for employment through the summer of 2018.  The following positions are available:

2018 Summer Forestry Students (2)

Those interested please submit coverletter and resume by February 16, 2018 to LNTCFSociety@telus.net.  We thanks all applicants for your interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

2017 Grants Announcement

The LNTCFS is pleased to announce our decision to donate $ 110,000 for 2016/17 to be disbursed as follows:

  • $ 30,000 has been allocated to Barriere Secondary School (BSS) 2018 Graduates for student awards (scholarships and/or bursaries).  As with previous years, these awards will be administered through BSS;
  • $ 80,000 has been allocated for distribution through our community grants program. Click here for grant application forms and guidelines. All applications received by December 31, 2017 will be reviewed by the LNTCFS board members who will award the money to successful applicants.

Community Forest Research Summary

We’re pleased to announce the release of a research summary by Anne Rooban of the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba which documents and explores the benefits of community forests using the Lower North Thompson and Wells Gray Community Forests as case studies for her research.   Anne visited our communities in late 2015 and conducted a series of interviews as part of this research; her full thesis and this summary document, ‘Growing socioeconomic sustainability through Community-Based Forest Management in British Columbia’ are the results.

Have a read, it’s well written and does an excellent job of exploring the benefits of our organization and community forestry in BC.   And thank-you again to Anne for all your hard work and effort!

Growing socioeconomic sustainability through Community-Based Forest Management in British Columbia

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Advance notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00pm at the North Thompson Volunteer Centre located at 4936 Barriere Town Road (District of Barriere Building), at which time it is intended that Directors be elected for the ensuing year. As per the by-laws of the Society:

A member seeking to stand for election as a Director on the Board of the Society must meet the following criteria:

  1. A person must be a member in good standing.
  2. A person must submit a written nomination, signed by two other members in good standing.
  3. A person has not been convicted of an indictable criminal offence unless they have obtained a pardon.
  4. A person has agreed, in writing, to abide by the Constitution and Bylaws & Declaration of Commitment.
  5. A person has completed a written Personal Disclosure of potential conflict of interest, with explanation of how it may be a conflict.

Persons interested in standing for election shall submit a resume by October 20, 2017 to:

Election Committee
Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society
Box 983
Barriere, BC V0E 2Z0

Societies Action Transition
Advance notice is also given for the following resolution to be made at the AGM; this resolution has been made to enable transitioning under B.C.’s New Societies Act:

  • The Bylaws of the Society be rescinded in their entirety and replaced with the Bylaws attached hereto as Schedule “A”

Supporting a Cooperative Economy

Check out this great video produced through Interior Savings and showcasing our Milling & Carpentry Job Creation Project.  The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Interior Savings Credit Union, Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, the Ministry of Social Development, and the many groups and individuals who have contributed to making this program a success!