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The winter 2012 hardcopy edition of Private Forest Matters—a quarterly newsletter distributed to members of the Private Forest Landowners Association.

The winter 2012 hardcopy edition of Private Forest Matters—a quarterly newsletter distributed to members of the Private Forest Landowners Association.

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  • 1. Private Forest Matters Winter 2012 Issue Maple Syrup Festival, see page 2In This IssueSingle-tree SelectionHarvesting onSouthern Vancouver Island 1Reforestation BMPs 2Out and About with PFLA 2The Islands Agriculture Show 4PFLA Hometown Meetings 4 Dave Barker shows Rod Bealing around a private managed forest on southern Vancouver Island. He’s pointing at the small trees completely undisturbed by the feller buncher thatPFLA Contact just headed that way.Information A Rare Opportunity:Private Forest LandownersAssociation (BC) Single-tree Selection HarvestingP.O. Box 48092 on Southern Vancouver IslandVictoria, BC V8Z 7H5 When opportunity knocks, we answer. That’s why, when Dave BarkerTel: 250 381 7565 invited us to visit a private managed forest on southern Vancouver Island,Fax: 250 381 7409 for the rare opportunity to see single-tree selection harvesting, we on our boots, donned our hard hats, grabbed our cameras and leapt at the chance.Rod BealingExecutive Director Dave’s managed the property since 1979. He knows everything there isPrivate Forest Landowners to know about it. He says they’re ecologically lucky. The Coastal WesternAssociation Hemlock zone is wetter and cooler than the Coastal Douglas-fir zone. means, instead of a pure fir forest, they have a significant, healthy Red Cedar understory. With thinning, the forest will evolve, over the next fiftyIna Shah years, into a mixed fir/cedar stand.Office ManagerPrivate Forest >> Continued on page 3 Private Forest Matters – Winter 2012 (1)
  • 2. Best Management Practices Reforestation Best Management Practices (BMPs) Your forest is alive. It grows, adapts and changes over Reforestation BMPs time and seasons. With your forest’s flexibility comes the need to regularly revisit, evaluate and reassess your Reforest with trees appropriate for the growing site plans. The changing season is an ideal time to take and management objectives. stock and plan ahead for the coming year. If planting, employ good quality seedling stock and With that in mind, we’ve put together a series posts ensure good storage and handling. about best management practices from our bible, The Take reasonable steps to protect the reforested areas Handbook of Best Management Practices for Private Forest from damage by fire and pests. Land in British Columbia. First up: a few words about Employ remedial measures such as fill plant- reforestation. ing, brushing and other silviculture techniques as Reforestation Planning necessary. If using pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers, follow di- Prior to harvesting, develop a reforestation strategy. You rections on product labels and relevant regulations. might: Isolate fertilizer from watercourses and where ap- Consider the value of reforestation through natural propriate limit on-site quantities to daily applica- regeneration of residual and suppressed understory tion requirements. trees; Monitor planted areas to ensure trees are growing Improve planting stock and fertilizer to boost sur- with sufficient density to achieve a stage free of vival and yield, and at the same time reduce pest competition from other plants. management problems and animal browse; Monitor successfully regenerated areas for forest Protect seedling against damage from pests (deer, health. rodents) through tree species choice, tree guards, What do good quality seedlings look like? fencing and repellents; Healthy! Without pale or discoloured foliage. Develop an integrated pest management strategy No mould. suitable for the size and intensity of your forestry Large, abundant dormant buds. operation. Plug and bare-root stock should have a vigorous, Also, be sure to: fibrous root system. Obtain any permits necessary for site preparation Good ratio of roots to shoots. and pest management (burning, pesticides, etc.) How to store and handle seedlings? If you plan on planting, make sure to order your Keep plants moist and cool. seedlings ahead of time. Inspect the ordered seed- Handle plants carefully (seedling mortality is di- lings prior to lifting and shipment. rectly related to rough treatment). Avoid desiccation – keep plants safe from heat or high winds. Out and About with the PFLA 5th Annual Big Leaf Maple ABCFP Conference and AGM AVICC 63rd Annual Syrup Festival The Association of British Columbia Convention Thanks to Gary Backlund for the Forest Professionals hosted their PFLA is excited to attend the 63rd invitation, PFLA enjoyed a sun-filled annual conference and AGM – annual convention and gen- afternoon of syrup tasting, tapping Everything to Everyone: The Art of eral meeting of the Association and demonstrations at the BC Forest Forestry – February 22-24, 2012, of Vancouver Island and Coastal Discovery Centre in Duncan, BC in downtown Victoria. PFLA par- Communities (AVICC). The event for the fifth annual Big Leaf Maple ticipated in the conference trade is being held April 13-15, 2012 in Syrup Festival – February 4th, 2012. show, and spent a busy couple of Ucluelet, B.C. We look forward to Thanks to Steve Titus for teaching us days spreading the word about the chance to connect with commu- about the delicate art of transform- private managed forestry in British nity members and elected officials ing sap into syrup. Columbia. at both municipal and provincial levels of government.(2) Private Forest Matters – Winter 2012
  • 3. Dave Barker, and Malloch Logging feller buncher operator, Bill, take the Dale impresses us with his technique operating a Madill HT2200B.time to show us around a Madill T2200B. With each press of a button, Dale makes a decision about the size and value of the logs he’s processing.A Rare Opportunity: Single-tree Selection Harvesting >> Cont’d from page 1The strategy on the property is to on the forest floor. By on the coordinated efforts of an entiremanage for a combination of forestry following the rules: crew of workers: hand fallers, land-and recreational use. While fir poles ing buckers, skidders, loaders and log Focus on cutting high value polesare their focus, they produce close haulers. (Grapple yarder and loaderto 40 products – 5 cedar, 2 maple, 2 Protect small cedar and highlights coming soon!).alder and about 30 fir grades – for white pine Along with the hum of the diesel4 different suppliers. All the while, engine (use your imagination),maintaining the wilderness esthetic Leave big “wildlife trees” you’ll notice (or you will now) thatand conservation values important to Select 30% of the range of di- the machines Bill and Dale oper-the owner. ameters similar to the original ate are both built by Madill, rightThe silvicultural system they use Douglas-fir stand here on Vancouver Island. It’s true.combines small patch clear-cut and Sam Madill founded the company insingle-tree selection harvesting. We Bill was able to create good produc- Nanaimo, B.C. in 1911. One hundredwere lucky enough to get a chance to tion for his boss, Steve Malloch of years later, Madill machinery is stillsee both operations in action (stay- Malloch Logging, while leaving mini- manufactured on Vancouver Islandtuned, small patch clear-cut photos mal damage to the forest behind. by Nicholson Manufacturing incoming soon!). Bill’s skill with the feller buncher was Sidney, BC.Not only is single-tree selection har- matched by Dale’s savvy with thevesting a rare event, but using a feller harvester processor. At roadside, Dale Thanks again to Dave Barker for thebuncher in the process is particularly works his magic with the harvester generous invitation, and to Bill and Daleunusual. Of course, it’s not about the processor to deliver quality logs from for showing us around.machine; it’s about the operator. In each tree. An impressive display ofthis case, it’s about Bill. precision, timing and technique, with You can see more photos of the man- each push of a button, Dale makes a aged forest, and the single-tree selec-The success of the operation is due, in decision about the value of the logs tion operation in progress, on the PFLAlarge part, to the skill and finesse Bill he’s processing. Facebook page ( to maneuver the feller buncher PFLABC). Check out the PFLA blog forthrough the forest. The machine’s We’ve highlighted Bill and Dale as video footage of Bill and Dale in actiongentle tracks cause minimal soil dis- the stars of the operation, but in ( and have little or no impact truth, the success of the system relied Private Forest Matters – Winter 2012 (3)
  • 4. PFLA Hometown Meetings PFLA Hometown Meetings are com- ing soon to a town near you! The meetings are an invaluable oppor- tunity for PFLA to meet face-to-face with private forest landowners. You can expect an update on PFLA ac- tivities, a review of important public policy developments, and the op- portunity to discuss relevant market access and advocacy issues. Most importantly, this is an op- portunity for PFLA to listen to your questions, your concerns and your experiences — to gather input, feed- back and suggestions that will help guide our future efforts. Detailed information about meeting times and locations, still to come, but for now, mark your calendars with the Rod Bealing with dedicated helpers, Josh, Chloe and Adrian Bealing, at the Islands following dates: Agriculture Show. Victoria March 8, 2012 PFLA Participates in the First- Nanaimo March 14, 2012 Ever Islands Agriculture Show Courtenay April 4, 2012 Vancouver March 28, 2012 Kudos to the organizers at Cowichan machinery, exhibitions from all Castlegar March 29, 2012 Exhibition Park for another suc- areas of the agriculture industry, Kelowna April 11, 2012 cessful event: the first-ever Islands display booths from federal and We warmly welcome both Agriculture Show, held February provincial ministries, prize draws, PFLA members and non-member 3rd and 4th, 2012 in breathtakingly over 1,500 visitors, and just enough managed forest owners. Hope to beautiful Cowichan Valley, BC. candy to keep everyone happy. see you there! We’re pleased to announce the The Bealing family was on-hand to show proved yet another excellent ensure information about private opportunity to connect with com- forestry in BC was doled out with munity members, elected officials the passion and flair it deserves — Visit us online. Let us and ministry staff as interested and pamphlets, fliers, key fobs, magnets know what you think. excited about agriculture and tree and good old-fashioned conversa- farming as we are. Along with the tion. Thanks again to the organiz- YouTube: friendly buzz of a lively community, ers for another lively and engaging Exhibition Park was filled with loads event. Visit the PFLA Facebook page Facebook: of things to see and do: tractors and for more photos. Blog:(4) Private Forest Matters – Winter 2012