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B.C. woodlot licensees receive minister’s awards

Press Release

October 03, 2017

VICTORIA – The Province is recognizing three woodlot licensees for innovation and excellence in woodlot management.

Craig and Leanna Mann, managers of Woodlot 1595; R. & K. Woodlot Ltd., managed by Keith Granbois and Ridley Wilson; and the Omineca Ski Club, managed by Sean Broadworth, RPF; have each been presented with the Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the south, coast and north areas, respectively. The Manns were also presented with a second award ― the provincial Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management.

In addition to the award recognition, the recipients take home $2,500 each for their area awards, with an additional $2,500 going to the Manns for also being named the top performer provincially.

The recipients were presented their awards yesterday on behalf of Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson while at the Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations’ 30th and the Woodlot Product Development Council’s 20th annual general meetings at Sun Peaks near Kamloops.

The awards are funded by the Province of British Columbia and administered by the Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations. Since 2010, the annual awards recognize a woodlot licensee representing each of the south, coast and north areas, along with an overall top performer. Award winners are nominated through official submissions received by the Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations.

Quotes:

Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development –

“British Columbia’s woodlots create employment and promote long-term stewardship of our forests. This year’s award recipients have all demonstrated innovation and excellence in woodlot management. Their high standards encourage all of us to look for innovative and effective ways to manage our forests.”

Mark Clark, president, Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations –

“I am pleased to join the minister in recognizing this year’s exceptional woodlot licensees. Their commitment to excellence in forest stewardship and strong support of community involvement makes them deserving of special recognition. On behalf of the Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations ― and all its members ― congratulations.”

Quick Facts:

  • Woodlot licences are small, area-based tenures managed by individuals, groups or First Nations.
  • British Columbia has over 860 active woodlots. Each woodlot generates jobs in planning, harvesting, road construction and maintenance, reforestation, silviculture and small-scale timber processing.
  • Woodlots generate about $200 million of economic activity for the province every year.

Learn More:

B.C. Woodlot Licence program: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hth/timber-tenures/woodlots/index.htm

Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations: http://www.woodlot.bc.ca

BACKGROUNDER

Three woodlot operators honoured for excellence, innovation

Craig and Leanna Mann (south area award and overall provincial award) –

Craig and Leanna Mann are being recognized and honoured for their work on their Kamloops woodlot with the $2,500 Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the south area. They are also receiving the $2,500 Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the province.

Since obtaining their woodlot in 1997, the Manns have set a high standard for silviculture, ensuring all sites in the woodlot are planted with Class A seed and fertilized.

The Manns are active in all aspects of woodlot management. Craig writes the planning documents and carries out all of the road and block layout, road construction and site prep, as well as most of the logging and manual brushing. Leanna has her scaling licence and conducts the waste surveys. In addition, the couple have an authorized scale site. They sell some firewood and sell deciduous timber for oriented strand board.

Craig has developed an innovative system that minimizes the number of machines required on the site, through a quick-change system for machinery attachments that are used for different activities. His latest investment is in a truck with a self-loader and flat-profiled hayrack trailer that can haul log lengths ranging from 2.4 metres (8 feet) to 15.2 metres (50 feet).

Keith Granbois and Ridley Wilson, R. & K. Woodlot Ltd. (coast area award) –

Keith Granbois and Ridley Wilson have demonstrated a strong commitment to stewardship throughout the history of their Cowichan Valley woodlot. Granbois’ hands-on approach to management includes regular visits to the woodlot to monitor regenerating stands. His experience in the field has led him to plant higher stocking densities and throughout the year he personally removes competing brush.

Beyond the legal commitment to attain a Free Growing declaration, R. & K. Woodlot also practises stewardship in older forest stands. During harvesting, Granbois retains veteran trees, often within wildlife tree-retention areas.

R. & K. Woodlot maximizes wood use by providing poles to a local timber company and selling alder to a local buyer. Any remaining wood is sold to major licensees on Vancouver Island. Granbois is open to pursuing new markets and stays in contact with other woodlot holders to learn of these opportunities.

The woodlot is located within the traditional territory of the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group. Working with a First Nations councillor, Granbois recently arranged  to have a local elder demonstrate and allow a Grade 6 class the opportunity within the woodlot to participate in the local First Nation’s tradition of stripping bark from cedar trees to make baskets, mats and clothing items.

Omineca Ski Club (north area award) –

The Omineca Ski Club, near Burns Lake, is being recognized and honoured with the $2,500 Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the north area.

The volunteer-based Omineca Ski Club has managed the woodlot since 1985. While the club’s goal is to manage the woodlot for the purpose of sharing the cross-country ski experience, the woodlot is an ideal place to showcase forestry in action for local groups. Each May, over the past 10 years, Lakes District Secondary School has hosted Project Forest Management, a weeklong event that brings teenagers to the woodlot to learn about different careers in forestry, including firefighting, timber cruising, tree planting, brushing, ecology and layout.

The club uses the revenues generated to purchase or maintain equipment, expand the clubhouse and run various programs for children and adults.

Roads in the woodlot are built so they can be used as ski trails in the winter. This means slightly longer roads with more corners and hills than normal logging roads. However, it also means a better ski experience for club members. Roads are linked to create loops wherever possible and new harvesting is planned to reduce hazards from falling dead pine and to create new trails.

The woodlot has over 20 kilometres of ski trails for cross-country skiing and biathlon activities, and provides an area where the local population can participate in outdoor activities. Anyone can become a member of the Omineca Ski Club. Regional and provincial competitions hosted by the ski club also attract more than 200 skiers and biathletes from all over British Columbia.

The woodlot and ski trails are currently managed by Sean Broadworth, RPF.

Contact:

Ministry of Forests, Lands,
Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
250 356-5261

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