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  • The Bylaws of the Society be rescinded in their entirety and replaced with the Bylaws attached hereto as Schedule “A”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

 

Interior Savings Planter Boxes

Thanks to Uli Migl for working with us to make these planter boxes!  The lumber used was milled by the LNTCFS and using logs from the Community Forest.  Thank-you again to Interior Savings for your generous contribution to the purchase of our bandmill.

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2016 Grants Awarded

 

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Photo Credit: Jill Hayward

We received a total of twenty-one grant applications in 2016 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 $128,984 to the local non-profit organizations listed below. We wish them the best of luck in completion of their projects.

Click below for a summary of the 2016 LNTCFS Grants and the various community organizations and projects that we are pleased to support:

2016 Grants Summary

2017 Summer Jobs

The LNTCFS is seeking two motivated students for employment through the summer of 2017.  The following positions are available:

2017 Summer Forestry Students (2)

Those interested please submit coverletter and resume by February 10, 2017 to LNTCFSociety@telus.net.  We thanks all applicants for your interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Dixon Lake Dock – Community Survey

The LNTCFS is seeking your feedback on our proposed fishing dock at Dixon Lake.  Implementation of this project is planned for Spring 2017 and we wish to ensure public support for the project before it proceeds.

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Sample configuration, similar to proposed Dixon Dock

The concept for this project is to provide/install a fishing dock along the east edge of Dixon Lake as a means to provide people who don’t have a boat or are new to the sport an opportunity to try their luck at fishing!  A walking trail would be constructed down to the dock as well as an outhouse on the adjacent upland area.

Dixon Lake is approximately 20 minutes from Barriere, with the proposed dock location at ~13km on the Dixon forestry road.

Do you support the LNTCFS proposal for a fishing dock at Dixon Lake?

 Vote Now

Alternatively, if you have questions or wish to provide comments, please respond through email to LNTCFSociety@telus.net by January 31, 2017. 

 Thank you for your feedback!

2016 Grants Announcement

The LNTCFS is pleased to announce our decision to donate $ 130,000 for 2015/16 to be disbursed as follows:

  • $ 20,000 has been allocated to Barriere Secondary School (BSS) 2017 Graduates for student awards (scholarships and/or bursaries).  As with previous years, these awards will be administered through BSS;
  • $ 60,000 has been allocated for distribution through our traditional grants program. Click here for grant application forms and guidelines. All applications received by December 31, 2016 will be reviewed by the LNTCFS board members who will award the money to successful applicants; and
  • $ 50,000 has been allocated to a new subcategory for groups that are able to provide leveraged funding to support their application. Guidance and submission deadline(s) for this category are under development and should be available shortly.