PFLA Newsletter—Autumn 2012


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The autumn 2012 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 2012 private forestry forum and field tour.

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PFLA Newsletter—Autumn 2012

  1. 1. Private Forest Matters Fall 2012 Issue Zucchinni Racing, see page 2In This IssueHighlights from the 2012Forestry Forum 1Out and About with PFLA 2PFLA Visits Dockside Green 3Recognizing BC’s ManagedForest Champions 3Survey Says! 4An Excellent Resource forForest Owners Rediscovered 4 PFLA members in front of Grant Lake, property managed by this year’s recipient of the Private Forest Stewardship Award, Dave Barker, and the final stop on the 2012 forest field tour.PFLA ContactInformation Highlights From the 2012 Private Forestry ForumPrivate Forest Landowners PFLA hosted another informative and lively forestry forum packed (perhaps a bitAssociation (BC) too tightly) full of interesting topics relevant to managed forest owners across theP.O. Box 48092 province. Held June 21st, in Langford BC, the forum covered a range of subjectsVictoria, BC V8Z 7H5 presented by a host of impressively smart and engaging experts, if we do say so ourselves. For those of you who couldn’t make it, we missed you! We’ll do our bestTel: 250 381 7565 to recap, summarize and hit the high points, but nothing beats the real thing.Fax: 250 381 B.C. Forest Carbon Projects—Rainer Muenter, Monticola Forest Highlights: Rainer presented a case study using the Texada Island Forest ReserveRod Bealing data to illustrate what forest carbon trading can mean to individual owners. FiveExecutive Director different management scenarios were explored—a mix of aggressive carbonPrivate Forest Landowners reserves, partial carbon reserves and no carbon reserves—with a description, ratio-Association nale and overview for each scenario.rod.bealing@pfla.bc.caIna Shah Update from the Private Managed Forest Land Council—Office Manager Rod Davis, PMFLC Chair.Private Forest Landowners Highlights: After introducing himself as the new chair of the Private Managed ForestAssociation Land Council, Rod Davis provided an overview of the Council’s activities over past year, along with some interesting statistics on the Managed Forest Program. >> Continued on page 2 Private Forest Matters –Fall 2012 (1)
  2. 2. Highlights From the 2012 Foresty Forum >> Cont’d from page 1 Rod concluded by saying the Managed Forest Program is an exceptional model and the degree of compliance in protecting public values on private land is exemplary. Owners should be congratulated for their efforts. (Find the presentation at: www.pfla. Meet the Coastal Invasive Plant Committee— Ernie Sellentin, CIPC Highlights: Ernie provided an engaging presentation chock-full of information about managing invasive plant species in Coastal B.C. The presentation featured detailed examples of biological, chemical and mechanical treatment measures used to control specific species. Ernie stressed the need to respond early and respond appropriately. Weed free gravel is coming to B.C.! Gravel pits are a major contributor to the spread of invasive plants. CIPC does gravel pit inspec- Rod Bealing presents Dave Barker with the Private Forest Stewardship Award. tions and certification. Contact Ernie for more information. (Find the presentation at: climate change trends, along with practical suggestions Firefighting Cost Sharing Agreements— for how to find and consider the information necessary to Laurence Bowdige, Wildfire Management Branch integrate climate change into your forest management strategy. Flexibility is the key point. Climate change is based Highlights: An update on firefighting cost sharing agree- on a complex set of interactions. Find information specific to ments included: a summary of the provincial wildfire response your region, and use it to imagine a range of possible futures for the years 2007-2011, a description of major wildfire for your forest. response issues, and an outline of the provincial strategic plan for the coming five years (revising and communicating Canadian Association of Forest Owners (CAFO)— the cost-sharing agreement is part of this plan). The length of Domenico Iannidinardo, Chair the fire season is increasing and wildfires are becoming more Highlights: Domenico provided a lively account of the severe. Expansion of public space into forested areas; human inception, objectives and purpose of the newly established resources; smoke management; forest fuel loading; vegetative Canadian Association of Forest Owners—a national orga- health and impacts of climate change are the biggest chal- nization representing associations, farmers, families and lenges facing the Wildfire Management Branch. companies that own and manage forest land across Canada. Adapting Your Forest to a Changing Climate— CAFO members strive to provide a positive and consistent Cindy Pearce, Natural Resource Consultant voice on federal legislation that ensures government policy is fair, environmentally sound and consistent with stewardship Highlights: Cindy’s thought provoking presentation and investment on private forest lands. included a number of graphs, charts and other visual aids to illustrate normal climate variability within long-term Out and About with the PFLA UBCM Reception Zucchini Racing! Deer Hunting Season PFLA invited delegates from the Union An excellent opportunity to engage From time to time, responsible and of B.C. Municipalities’ annual conven- the community just for the fun of it, experienced deer hunters contact the tion to our reception in celebration PFLA was proud to co-sponsor the 2nd PFLA looking for deer hunting op- of National Forestry Week. The event annual zucchini racing competition at portunities. If you’re a forest owner was a positive, friendly and relaxed the Cowichan Exhibition. We spent an looking for expert assistance managing opportunity to connect with a host of action packed weekend connecting with your deer problems, please contact us ministers, elected officials, ministry families, elected officials, forest owners directly ( to be added staff, mayors and councillors from (large and small), community members to our exclusive list: “Private Land across the province, and spread the and busloads of enthusiastic school kids. Hunting Opportunities for Responsible word about private forestry. The Noble fir seedlings were a big hit! and Experienced Deer Hunters.”(2) Private Forest Matters – Fall 2012
  3. 3. Recognizing B.C.’s Managed Forest ChampionsSince its inception in 1988, the Private participants saw firsthand how Dave PFLA was also grateful for the chanceManaged Forest Program has stood out integrates the owners’ esthetic values to recognize a young Jedi of managedas an efficient and innovative model and environmental sensibilities to forestry, Domenico Iannidinardo, forfor responsible forest management. manage the property for a combination outstanding leadership, and relentlessEvery now and again, PFLA enjoys the of recreational and timber production dedication, championing the interestsprivilege of recognizing some of the objectives. of private forest owners. Over the pastfolks who spend their days making the year, Domenico was instrumental in With extensive knowledge and keendecisions, implementing the practices, establishing the Canadian Association instincts, Dave crafts a silviculturalmanaging the land and growing the of Forest Owners (CAFO), a national plan—thinning, single-tree selectiontrees that make this program a success. coalition of associations, farmers, harvesting, planting—that captures families and companies that own andAt our recent AGM, PFLA was delighted timber value, minimizes soil distur- manage forest land across present two outstanding individu- bance and encourages the naturallyals, Dave Barker and Domenico occurring ecosystems to thrive with a Anyone who cares about B.C.’s forestsIannidinardo, with a small token of our long-term view of forest health and can find inspiration and reassuranceappreciation for the contributions they sustainability. in Domenico’s dogged determinationmake to private forestry in BC. and passionate enthusiasm for the Dave’s work is an inspiring example Managed Forest Program as anDave Barker was presented with the of the innovative forest management innovative model of responsible forestPFLA Private Forest Stewardship Award practices that emerge when motivated stewardship to be admired andfor his creative and dedicated steward- forest owners have the flexibility to emulated. Fist-waving hoots and hol-ship, over the past three decades, of make important management deci- lers to Domenico for all his hard work.a managed forest near Shawnigan sions about their forests. One last burstLake on southern Vancouver Island. of applause for Dave Barker!The final stop on this year’s field tour,Bioenergy, wood residue and forest owners—PFLA visits Dockside GreenFirst stop on the 2012 PFLA field tour: has its challenges. The first obstacle is finding a reliable,Dockside Green Bioenergy Facility, consistent, predictable source of fuel. Inconsistencies in theslightly west of downtown Victoria, B.C. materials they’ve used in the past proves the system needs a wood residue source that is uniform in size, moisture andA creative and innovative bunch with an exceptional species mix to run efficiently.knack for growing trees, private forest owners are alwayson the lookout for new and viable markets to sell our forest The next obstacle is finding a reliable, consistent, predict-products. Interested to explore alternative, local, green able fuel source at competitive prices. Presently, Docksideopportunities, and excited to learn firsthand about the Green uses liquid natural gas to provide tenants with heatproduction of bioenergy, PFLA was fortunate to find one of and hot water rather than the bioenergy facility because, atthe few bioenergy facilities in B.C. just a short bus ride away. this point in time, B.C.’s natural gas prices are still the more affordable option.Greeted by Dockside Green’s Operations Coordinator,Madonna Blunt, we were graciously treated to a grand tour As forest owners, we have oodles of harvest residue; the keyof the cutting edge facility. Utility Operator, Terry Balak, ex- is finding a competitive way to process it. Once we do, theplained in detail how the Nexterra gasification system works. benefits are bountiful—improved reforestation, minimizedDesigned to turn wood waste into heat and hot water for a wildfire hazards, increased economic opportunities for har-mix of residential, commercial and industrial tenants, facil- vesting contractors, and a displaced reliance on fossil fuels.ity operators have experimented with a number of locally We’re optimistic that over time solutions will emerge andsourced wood residue alternatives since they started using technologies will develop that enable facilities like Docksidethe technology in 2009—construction material, municipal Green to tap into the potential of timber processing residue.tree trimmings, landscape chippings. In the meantime, we look forward to being part of theBioenergy is not without its obstacles. solution and we’re grateful for the opportunity to see up close some of the challenges, struggles and possibilities of anIt’s true. The Dockside Green Bioenergy Facility is stunning emerging bioenergy its design, construction, concept and intention; however,in practice, producing biofuel on southern Vancouver Island Private Forest Matters –Fall 2012 (3)
  4. 4. Ernie Sellentin, from the Coastal Invasive Plant Committee, talks invasive species with PFLA members. PFLA’s Survey Says! A heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out our online survey. Your “Managing Your Woodland: A Non- forester’s Guide To Small-scale Forestry in British Columbia” is responses are an important contribution available online at: that will help guide our future efforts and ensure you get the most out of your An Excellent Resource For participation with the organization. The overall feedback about recent changes Forest Owners Rediscovered to our communications program was positive, but like most things in life there’s always room for improvement. We Changes in season often inspire British Columbia for a range of social, look forward to adjusting our content to transformation—unexplained fits of economic and environmental values. include more information about: cleanliness, bursts of organizational The guide deals with the who, what, effort and the unrelenting urge to log marketing why and how of sustainably manag- rid one’s self of unnecessary artifacts growing trees ing a small private forest property while reclaiming, with vigour, any lost case studies from other jurisdictions primarily for timber production, but treasures. Overwhelmed by one such consideration is given to safeguarding policy updates episode here at the PFLA headquarters, or enhancing other resource values we came across a remarkable resource technical materials as well. Each chapter deals with a we’d almost forgotten about. We blew As promised, all participant names were management phase, and together they away the cobwebs, dusted off the entered into a random draw for the provide the information you need to surface and discovered, with relief, the coveted prize of a $30 gift develop a Forest Management Plan for contents are just as useful as the last certificate, and while you’re all winners your woodland. time we checked. in our eyes, congratulations (and the gift Of course, 300 pages of written mate- certificate) goes to Steve Lackey. Thanks The resource we’re referring to is, rial is a lot to digest all at once. We again to everyone for your feedback! Managing Your Woodland: A Non-forester’s plan to breathe fresh life into this Guide To Small-scale Forestry in British resource by posting regular snippets of Columbia. The guide is written for seasonally relevant, timely and appro- non-foresters with the intent to make Visit us online! priate information on the PFLA blog. the practice of forestry understand- If you don’t have access to the online Website/blog: able, awarding, profitable and fun. materials, we’ll also include excerpts in Originally published in 1988, reprinted our hardcopy newsletters. in 1992 and then revised in 2002, under Facebook: the Small Woodlands Program of BC Watch this space for more information, initiative, the book is bursting with over coming soon, inspired by Managing Your Woodland: A Non-forester’s YouTube: 300 pages of information about the Guide To Small-scale Forestry in management of small woodlands in British Columbia.(4) Private Forest Matters – Fall 2012