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PFLA Newsletter—Winter 2013


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The winter 2013 edition of Private Forest Matters—a quarterly newsletter distributed to members of the Private Forest Landowners Association. Includes: Shawnigan Lake Watershed forestry tour; meeting dates; management planning tips for forest owners.

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PFLA Newsletter—Winter 2013

  1. 1. Private Forest Matters Winter 2013 Issue Keith Granbois, see page 2In This IssueShawnigan LakeWatershed Forestry Tour 1Managed Forest Fundamentals:A Provincial Regulatory Model 2Out & About with PFLA 25 Important ManagementPlanning Tips forForest Owners 3PFLA Policy Update 4Hometown Meetings 4 McGee Creek was the site for a lively and informative discussion about in-the-field results and silviculture practices in the 21st century. Shawnigan Lake WatershedPFLA Contact Roundtable—Forestry TourInformation What do you get when you mix a mix of Douglas-fir (80%) and white pine (20%). sunshine, amazing autumn colours and The original Douglas-fir stand had root rotPrivate Forest Landowners a group of thoughtful people? A great issues at the time of harvest, so they did whatAssociation (BC) day for a forest tour! nature would have done and replaced the root rot areas with a different species.P.O. Box 48092 PFLA was pleased to participate in a forestryVictoria, BC V8Z 7H5 tour hosted by the Shawnigan Lake Watershed Invasive species like scotch broom and Roundtable. With a focus on key values incor- gorse pose a challenge for reforestation, andTel: 250 381 7565 operations forester, Eric Jeklin, was on hand to porated into forest land management, the tourFax: 250 381 7409 describe some of the management processes was an excellent opportunity to connect with diverse group of engaged people interested in (planting, brushing, treatment) they use to the health of the Shawnigan Lake Watershed. encourage trees to grow as quickly as possibleRod Bealing and surpass competing vegetation.Executive Director Foresters, biologists, fish and wildlife specialists,Private Forest Landowners engineers, high school students, regional and Before heading down the trail, DomenicoAssociation provincial government representatives, local Iannidinardo explained the scope and scale residents and Shawnigan Lake Watershed the information management systems used to Roundtable members donned hard hats and track information across a landscape. Using thisIna Shah data, foresters are able to tell that McGee Creek safety vests and took to the woods to learnOffice Manager is intercepting rain and wind, today, much like about forest management.Private Forest Landowners the original stand was.Association McGee Creek was the site for a lively about in-the-field results and silviculture in A recent forest fire near the Koksilah River the 21st century. Harvested in the mid 1990s, provided the backdrop for a conversation about McGee Creek was replanted (within a year) with risk management, land manager responsibilities >> Continued on page 2 Private Forest Matters –Winter 2013 (1)
  2. 2. Managed Forest Fundamentals: A Provincial Regulatory Model PFLA knows private managed forestry inside sistent provincial priority. There are a number of and out (sideways, backwards, upside down)— reasons why: it’s our job and we’re passionate about it. We’ve Municipal governments control zoning been advocates of sustainable forest manage- density and determine development ment for so long now we forget not everyone options for land use. Because they focus is as familiar with the Managed Forest Program on local issues their priorities are dynamic Fire specialists were on hand to explain the processes as we are (a shame really). In an attempt to and land use rules change regularly. used to manage the 22-hectare Koksilah River forest fire. rectify the situation, we’ve put together a series exploring the fundamentals of private Forestry investments involve considerable Shawnigan Lake managed forestry. amounts of time (decades). Policy stability is essential to successful forest manage- Foresty Tour >> Cont’d from page 1 What is managed forest land? ment. The managed forest legislation and the interface between private and public With roots as far back as the 1940’s, managed provides a stable operating climate across land. The 22-hectare forest fire, believed to forest land is a property assessment classifica- the province that encourages investment be caused by recreational vehicles, was first tion designed to encourage private forest in B.C.’s forests. noticed mid-day September 22nd. Crews owners to manage their land for long-term The amount of managed forest land were still onsite mopping-up when we visited forest production. Offering reduced property within municipal boundaries is very small on October 4th. Fire specialists explained the taxes as an incentive to encourage responsible (the ability to participate in the Managed processes they used to respond to, manage and farm and forest stewardship is a common Forest Program is restricted to properties clean up the fire, at a cost of roughly three- policy tool used throughout the world. In B.C., that exceed 25 hectares). quarters of a million dollars. The risks associated forest owners commit to a high standard of with forest fires aren’t isolated to land and Why does private land have a forest practices and environmental protec- timber values. On southern Vancouver Island, tions in order to obtain the managed forest different regulatory model than forest fires can quickly spread to threaten the classification. Crown land? safety of adjacent residences and communities. Tour participants recognized the sense in which How does the model work? The Crown land regulatory model was forest fire prevention becomes a community designed to regulate practices on public land. As a public policy instrument, the model is It incorporates a broader range of values responsibility. essentially a partnership between forest owners (including public access) than society expects Keith Granbois, of R and K Woodlot, invited and the provincial government. Landowners of private property owners. Like farmers, forest tour participants for a stroll through Woodlot make investments in land and management owners require flexibility to steward their land #0022, to see the differences and similarities in activities, and assume the associated risks, while responsibly: they need the freedom to conduct forest management between large landown- the province offers stability in carrying costs management activities without the intensive ers and small area managers. The discussion and forest practices regulations. The result: public consultation that can occur on Crown also touched on distinctions between public B.C. communities benefit from sustainable land operations. and private land, as well as the cooperation forests, healthy ecosystems and increased between area managers. Keith explained: economic activity. The Private Managed Forest Land Act creates a without the ability to sell merchantable timber model that: to larger operators, small woodlots wouldn’t be Why provincial jurisdiction? Reflects private property rights. harvesting timber because they wouldn’t have With the shift away from the Forest Land Balances environmental values with eco- access to markets. Reserve, and the removal of Schedule “A” private nomic realities and community interests. Thanks again to our hosts for an informative, land from tree farm licenses, land use planning Recognizes private land is a small thought provoking and collaborative forestry and controls transferred from the province to percentage (5.4%) of B.C.’s land base. tour, and an extra large dose of appreciation to local communities. Forest management, on the Shawnigan Lake Watershed Roundtable for both Crown and private land, remained a con- their interest, initiative and organizing efforts. Out and About with the PFLA PFLA Annual General Meeting Islands Agriculture Show Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival Save the Date! We’re pumped to announce the The 2nd Annual Islands Agriculture Show is hap- Fun for the whole family! The 6th Annual Bigleaf 18th Annual PFLA Field Tour, Forestry Forum and pening February 1st and 2nd, 2013 at Cowichan Maple Syrup Festival is happening Saturday, AGM will be held June 19th and 20th, 2013 at the Exhibition Park. As passionate tree farmers, PFLA February 2nd at the BC Forest Discovery Centre Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo, B.C. Details are is looking forward to setting up our info booth in Duncan, B.C.—a chance to celebrate and still being ironed out and nailed down, but we at the event and thrilled to connect with com- learn about maple syrup production here on wanted to give you plenty of time to mark your munity members, farmers, elected officials and the west coast—tasty treats, tapping demos, calendars. Please stay tuned for more schedule agricultural experts as excited about farming as maple syrup sampling, workshops, live enter- and content information as it happens. we are. tainment, and of course, train rides!(2) Private Forest Matters – Winter 2013
  3. 3. 5 Important Management Planning Tips for Forest Owners“What should I do with my woodland?” is one 5. Your goals and objectives will change so goals and objectives may be mutually achiev-of the most common questions we hear. Forest be flexible. able while others may conflict. Don’t worrymanagement is a long-term process. Having a about that—setting goals will help you to There are no right or wrong goals, only yourplan for how you’ll manage your land is critical. clarify and prioritize your interests and activities. own goals. Recognise that your goals andLucky for us, “Managing Your Woodland: A objectives will change over time as your needs, The table below includes specific examples ofNon-forester’s Guide to Small-scale Forestry in interests and circumstances change. Some goals and objectives you might decide on forBritish Columbia” has much wisdom to share your woodland. *on the topic of forest management planning.We’ve summarized some of it below for your List of Common Goals and Objectiveseasy reference. Goal Objective1. Start with your personal goals and objectives. Investment for future resale. Improve the property’s appearance and in- crease the property value. Manage to improveGetting started is always the hardest part of any Have a nest egg to fall back on. timber values.project. When it comes to planning your forestmanagement activities, your personal goals Supplement income. Generate revenue to pay Create forest land based business. Manageand objectives will help guide the planning for taxes and for other family needs (child’s for timber production, agroforestry, ranching,process. Before you can outline your long-term, university or retirement). Provide employment and/or commercial recreation, tourism and/ormedium-term and short-term plans you first for family members or others to become education.need to determine what your personal goals self- sufficient. Sell gravel, lease land.and objectives are. Produce firewood or lumber or fence-posts orYour goals represent your vision for your Christmas trees or botanical products for ownland—what you hope to achieve—while your use and/or sale.objectives represent the approach you’ll take to Practice conservation and keep the woodland Manage for biodiversity and wildlife habitat.achieve that vision. natural. Restore damaged ecosystems.2. Ask yourself: “Why do I own my land?” Survey and document all ecosystems on theIt may sound like a simple question, but it will property. Reforest denuded areas andhelp you to focus in on what your goals are. marginal land.Some other questions to consider include: Produce high quality timber. Establish optimal management regimes andWhat are your family’s interests? How do your practice intensive silviculture from reforesta-financial and estate planning goals fit in? How tion through to harvest.much time do you have to spend on yourwoodland? Do you plan to do the work yourself Create a specific timber profile (species andor hire professional help? grade) over the rotation.3. Learn as much about your land as you can. Provide a source of water. Maintain and protect riparian areas, streams, wetlands and lakes and aquifer rechargeEducation, education, education! Educating zones. Maintain forest cover.yourself is an important step in helping toidentify your goals and objectives. The more Increase wildlife habitat for...(your species Manage for (specified) forest conditions toyou understand about what affects the values preference). create habitat conditions, increase the numberassociated with your land, the more able you of wildlife trees, diversify species composition.are to take advantage of future opportunities. Learn about forestry through practice. Plan and carry out own management activitiesRemember: how you manage your land today and involve family members. Practice a woodlot lifestyle and try your ownmay affect the value of your forest for years to ideas. Take a master woodland manager course.come. Create a legacy for my kids. Join a woodlot association.4. Ask for help. Take part in extension activities and field trips.If you’re feeling overwhelmed or indecisive, askfor help. You can hire a professional forester to Provide outdoor learning and recreational Identify and develop facilities (trails, campsites,help assess your forest and your options (find opportunities for family and friends. blinds) for fishing, hiking, camping, cycling,tips for what to look for when hiring a forestry horseback riding, cross-country skiing, hunt-professional at the bottom of our forest inven- ing, bird and wildlife watching.tory post). Neighbours and other forest owners Reduce property and income taxes. Qualify for managed forest land classification.are also valuable sources of information andinspiration. Learn about tax and estate planning. Set up proper business and tax structure. *Source: Managing Your Woodland: A Non-forester’s Guide to Small-scale Forestry in British Columbia. 2002. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC, 2nd Edition. Co-published by the Small Woodlands Forestry Program of British Columbia. 300 p. 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  4. 4. PFLA hometown meetings are a great opportunity to connect with other forest owners in your area. Hometown Meetings Mark your calendars! The ever-popular PFLA hometown meetings are coming soon to a town near you. We’re hitting the road again this spring and look forward to the chance to connect face- to-face with forest owners across the province. This is an excellent opportunity for PFLA to meet with you, in-person, and hear, firsthand, your ques- tions, concerns, feedback and experiences. We’re still pulling together the finer details, but for now, mark your calendars with the following dates: Grapple skidder moving logs to roadside in a selection harvesting operation on private forest land. Victoria: Thursday, February 21, 5:00 pm PFLA Public Policy Update Nanaimo: Thursday, February 28, 5:00 pm Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Courtenay: Thursday, March 7, 5:00 pm PFLA has maintained a watchful eye on the Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities initiative—a Vancouver: Thursday, March 14, 5:00 pm non-partisan, volunteer-supported effort organized to offer recommendations for forest lands man- Galiano Island: Saturday, March 16, 1:00 pm agement in British Columbia. Most recently, PFLA attended the Port Alberni Community Dialogue session where a draft strategic plan, “Restoring BC’s Forest Legacy and Energizing the Forest Sector”, Kelowna: Thursday, March 21, 5:00 pm was presented for discussion. The document has the potential to influence public policy and shows Castlegar: Thursday, March 28, 11:30 am an interest in private managed forest land. Specific recommendations include: We’ll follow up shortly, by email, with a proposed (Page 7) —“Government to enter into a public consultation process and collaboration with land agenda and venue locations. We look forward to owners that will identify and respond to concerned citizen issues related to the impact of seeing you soon! Please let us know if you can management of Private Managed Forest Lands on the protection of pubic resources and values.” make it. Send us an email: or (Note: we’re pretty sure they mean public resources.) give us a call: 250-381-7565. (Page 17)— “Encouraging Private Managed Forest Land owners to embark on a community Members and non-member managed forest communications program to inform concerned citizens of regulatory and non-regulatory practices owners warmly welcome. conducted to protect public resources and values.” Coincidentally, the Private Managed Forest Land Council also recognizes the value of the second recommendation and has already developed plans to embark on a community communications consultation process in the coming months. Visit us online! Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation Website/blog: PFLA is participating in another round of public consultation with the Ministry of Environment as they review and revise the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (OBSCR). Public input is now Facebook: closed, but you can review proposed changes to the regulation online. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. YouTube: Private Forest Matters – Winter 2013