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PFLA Newsletter —Summer 2011


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The summer 2011 edition of Private Forest Matters—a quarterly newsletter distributed to members of the Private Forest Landowners Association in British Columbia, Canada. Includes highlights from the 2011 AGM and field tour.

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PFLA Newsletter —Summer 2011

  1. 1. Private Forestry Matters August 2011 In This Issue Forestry Field Tour 1 Private Forestry Workshop 2 Policy Input 4 Communications 4 Next Issue October 2011Left: Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery owner Bob Liptrop,Right: Guests discussing forestry at Van Isle Tree Farms.The Private Forest Landowners Association A great turn out: owners of forestlands – large and small,(PFLA) met for its 2011 annual general coastal and interior; government representatives; industry experts;meeting, June 15th and 16th, at the Prestige communication specialists; and international presenters con-Oceanfront Resort & Conference Centre in verged for a lively and inspiring 2-day event packed with a forestbeautiful Sooke, B.C. field tour, banquet and awards ceremony, presentations, and of course, the AGM itself. Here are some of the highlights. PFLA Contact Information Day 1: The Renowned PFLA Forest Tour Private Forest Landowners Rod Bealing Association (BC) Executive Director For those of you who couldn’t P.O. Box 48092 Private Forest Landowners make it for the PFLA forest tour Victoria, BC V8Z 7H5 Association on June 15th, 2011, here’s a quick recap to whet your appetite for Tel: 250 381 7565 Ina Shah next year. Fax: 250 381 7409 Office Manager Imagine a forestry charter bus, Private Forest Landowners an immensely diverse group of Association occupants, and a rural winding road on the west coast of (1) Vancouver Island.
  2. 2. Highlights continuedFirst stop: Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery Wrapping up this leg of the tour, Ken Robertson wasTugwell Creek owner, Bob Liptrot, is a self-pro- presented with an award for outstanding commit-claimed lover of cut blocks. It’s true. Where others ment to, and demonstration of, private forest stew-see cut trees, Bob sees a perfect habitat for bees. A ardship in British Columbia. Along with a plaque,beekeeper for close to 50 years, Bob shared loads the PFLA was pleased to present Mr. Robertson withof information about bees, honey, mead and what the only meaningful gift to give a guy who has overmakes for good beekeeping. He’s excited about the 100 hectares of land, an excavator and a passionpossibility of beekeepers and forest landowners for planting trees – 45 gallons of diesel and someworking together for mutual benefit: the beekeepers hydraulic fluid.get access to choice conditions for excellent bee-keeping, and the landowners get another pair of Next stop: Happy Valley Lavender & Herb Farm.attentive eyes on their property – a win-win. Warmly welcomed by Lynda Dowling, we enjoyed lavender shortbread cookies and cold refreshments,Informative and inspiring, this leg of the tour also in the garden, at Happy Valley Lavender & Herbproved tantalizing – co-owner Dana Comte offered Farm. Lynda’s grandfather signed the deed for theup samples of honey, mead and wine in the tast- land in 1910 and it’s been in the family ever room (it was 5:00 p.m. somewhere). Lucky for 100-year-old apple trees from the original home-us, the store was open. With brown bags tucked stead still stand. These days, lavender is their signa-under our arms, we headed back to the bus. A well- ture harvest – a labour of love, as much as anythingbehaved lot, the wine and mead stayed corked, and else.the atmosphere tame. After enjoying the property, the final leg of the tourNext stop: Van Isle Tree Farm. was wrapped up as the now weary participantsAt Van Isle Tree Farm, we were graciously received headed back to the bus with tomato plants in handby the Robertson family – Ken, Dorothy, and their – a generous parting gift from another gracioustwo sons, Warren and Blair – for the forest focus por- host. Back to the Prestige Conference Centre for ation of the PFLA tour. quick rest before the evening’s banquet and awards ceremony where the PFLA was honoured to pres-With over 110 hectares of forestland, there was a lot ent Robbie Preston with an award for leadership,to see. We were collectively impressed by the creativ- patience and persistence, integrity and calm.ity and diversity of species on the property: copperbeech planted in 1996, giant sequoia planted in Day 2: Highlights from the 2011 Private1997, redwoods, oak, arbutus, and tales of eucalyp- Forestry Forumtus (over 25 varieties) attempted, but in the end, lostto father winter. The PFLA’s private forestry forum on June 16th,Strolling through the forest, there was plenty of time 2011 was a huge success. The organizers put to-to glean knowledge as the Robertsons shared stories gether a series of timely and engaging presentationsof land management and reforestation. Spirited that sparked interesting debates and thoughtfulconversations emerged about wild life, paint ball, questions. For those of you who missed it, here areburning, harvesting, firewood, trespassing, and of some of the highlights:course, the deer – what to do about the deer? (2)
  3. 3. Highlights continuedTom Niemann, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural ResourceOperations,started the morning off with a Wood Market Update &Outlook presentation. Highlight: Amazingly detailed, colourful and comprehensive graphs and charts depicting the forest sector’s business cycle over the past 10 years Key point: This is not a regular business cycle – both the product mix and the markets have changed. Tom advises policy makers, foresters, and landowners to think creatively about adjusting product mixes to match market demands. Conclusion: The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer period highlighting the complexities facing the forestry indus- try today. The discussion wound its way to the issue of private land log export restrictions: a number of participants articulated their clear opposition to the restriction of private log exports.Next up: Matt Walsh, New Zealand Carbon Farming, gave an infor-mative and engaging presentation about international developmentsin forest carbon trading. Highlight: An international demand for carbon credits (created by vot- ers and consumers pressuring governments and corporations to off-set negative environmental impacts) means “sinking” a forest, and selling carbon credits rather than logs, may prove as, if not more, lucrative. Key point: International examples from New Zealand and California indicate the carbon credit industry is developing quickly. By 2012, we’ll see open trading in carbon credits in order for companies to meet their Kyoto Protocols. Pacific Carbon Trust marked the first carbon sink deal in BC (June 2011). Conclusion: Private forest landowners have options for managing the carbon components of their forests. Proceed cautiously: it’s still early, other options might emerge, but the decisions you make today ought to take carbon into account.Next on the agenda: Mike Brooks offered up a lighthearted, but thor-ough, scan of B.C.’s political landscape, including a detailed “who’swho” of Christy Clark’s cabinet. Key point:Continued political uncertainty puts two of PFLA’s key issues – maintaining policy distinction for private managed forestlands and positive change on log export policy – at risk. Conclusion: There’s hope. We’re harvesting well under the average allowable cut, each year, in this province. This is a new concept for citi- zens. Undercutting public lands reframes the debate about log exports in a new light. It’s important to find a way to communicate this new message to the public.Last, but not least: Laura Coward, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natu-ral Resource Operations, spoke briefly about recent shifts in govern-ment ministries. She reaffirmed the government’s commitment to workwith the PFLA to ensure that government remains alert and respectfulto the perspective of private managed forest owners.Ron Davies, Private Managed Forest Land Council also provided abrief update of the council’s activities over the past year.These highlights don’t do the presentations justice. If you’d like a morein-depth look at any of the topics, please contact Rod Bealing or InaShah at:, or phone: (250) 381-7565 – they’ll happily (3)pass along a copy of the any available full-versions.
  4. 4. Policy Input: pursue its goals with an appropri- and a lively discussion emerged ate respect for private property. addressing both concerns andThe provincial government is in enthusiasm for the possibilities You can view Vera Vukelich’s fullthe process of regulating off-road social media has to offer. Our presentation on the PFLA blog:vehicles (ORVs). Vera Vukelich sincere thanks for your partici-gave a detailed presentation of pation: we’re excited about ourthe ORV Management Frame- regulating-off-road-vehicles-orvs- expanding online presence andwork at the AGM’s 2011 Private in-bc/ look forward to your continuedForestry Forum. feedback.Under the ORV Management CommunicationsFramework vehicle registration Update: Other things to lookis mandatory for ORVs operated The PFLA Communications forward to include:on crown land: this applies tocurrent and new owners, and Committee is delighted to an- A regular PFLA Member Up-includes safety regulations. A nounce another successful year date newsletter via email.compliance and enforcement of positively representing private Weekly blog posts provid-strategy is in the works, and the forestlands in BC. We’ve done ing information, stories andimplementation process is ex- a tremendous job of getting our insights relevant to the PFLApected to take about 2 years – this message in front of elected offi- ICBC the time necessary to cials at municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. A member only Facebookupgrade their systems. page for communicatingIn her presentation, Vera Vuke- With a solid footing on external amongst ourselves onlich was sincerely sensitive to the communications, the PFLA Com- timely topics.unique position of private for- munications Committee is shift- A YouTube channel withest landowners. The province is ing gears to refocus our energy on video footage of interestingprepared to include or exclude member communications. Our aspects of private forestlandprivate managed forestlands, plan is to engage both traditional management from our ownfrom the legislation, based on our and online communication meth- perspectives.input. One way or the other, the ods to ensure members have ac-ORV legislation will affect private cess to regular updates, relevant We’re just tightening the boltsforest landowners. news and timely information. and greasing the wheels now, but we should be off and running inThe question before the PFLA is After a thorough review process, no time. Here are the links to ourhow to respond? This is an oppor- we’ve recruited two talented Facebook page, YouTube channel,tunity for managed forest owners young professionals with new en- and the PFLA blog. Check us outto influence policy development. ergy and fresh perspectives. Juhli and let us know what you think:The best course of action is for the Selby and Lisa Weeks are excitedPFLA to respond to government for the opportunity to work with YouTube:by the end of September with a the PFLA, and look forward to PFLA position – a clear state- helping us continue to tell our Facebook:ment on whether we welcome the unique story in compelling and of ORVs on private engaging ways.managed forest lands, whether Blog: Juhli Selby of Juhli Selby Socialwe have specific recommenda- Media gave a presentation attions or concerns, or whether we the AGM’s 2011 Private Forestryoppose it. Forum sketching a broad over-Let’s take full advantage of this view of social media. Juhli out-opportunity for close cooperation lined different ways the PFLA canwith government and ensure that use tools like Facebook, YouTubeprivate managed forestland is and blogging to better communi-well represented at all stages of cate amongst ourselves, with thethis process. If sufficient appetite public, with other like-mindedwarrants, we can organize confer- organizations, and with differentence calls, or face-to-face meet- levels of government.ings, to develop suggestions and Participants were kind enoughcomments to help government to engage with our new efforts (4)