Lower North Thompson Community Forest AGM is on Oct. 23, 2014

Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society reports significant progress as an organization

Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society representative Mike Francis, reports it was a good year for the Society, with significant progress in it’s development as an organization.

He notes that a series of community meeting, held by the Society, and the subsequent development of a Five Year Strategic Plan, which is now available online at www.LNTCFS.org, have been positive growing steps for the group.

“We hosted two summer interns from UBC,” said Francis,  “This is the first year LTNCFS has had students, and based on our experience, will certainly not be the last.  Thank you to our students Pat Friesen and Colin Langston and best of luck to them both.”

Regarding the annual LNTCFS Grants being offered this year.  A total of $15,000 is currently available to be donated through the Society’s grants program to eligible non-profit organizations. Application forms and guidelines are available at LNTCFS office, 4648 Barriere Town Road, and online at www.LNTCFS.org.  Deadline for applications is December 31, 2014.  An additional $16,000 is ready to be donated as student awards (scholarships and/or bursaries) through Barriere Secondary School.

LNTCFS says a big thank-you to their directors for all their hard work over the past year;

• Chairperson Harley Wright

• Vice-chairperson Daniel Arcand

• Treasurer Martin Matthews

• Directors: Gailen Conan, Bert Rilcoe, Greg Fennell, Norm Kienitz, Ted Brown, Duncan McGrath, Wim Houben, Ron Hindson, and Brian Bondar.

Francis says, “For 2014/15 we plan to harvest 30,000 cubic meters of timber off the community forest, with the majority of this harvesting in the Wikkiup Creek area.  Contractors involved in these operations include Stamer Logging, DRB Contracting, Salle Ranch, and Rilcoe Contracting.”

The Society;s Job Creation Program – 2014 JCP is ongoing, and Francis reports it has now been extended to February 2015.  They are currently working with local ranchers to clear trails in the Poison Creek area.  He notes they   have two openings available on the JCP crew, and if you are interested contact Barriere Employment Center at 250-672-0036 for details and eligibility requirements.

The recent LNTCFS Logo Contest received five submissions.  The board of directors reviewed the submissions and are pleased to announce that Grace Kempter’s design has been selected as the winning logo, and Grace is now the new owner of an iPad mini. First runner up receiving a $50 gift certificate is Thompson Mitchell, and the board made the decision to award the remaining three participants a $25 gift certificate each for their efforts.

Francis encourages area residents to “please come out to our AGM Thursday October 23, 7 p.m. at the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Center, located at 4936 Barriere Town Road.

The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society benefits the whole area.  Why not attend the AGM and find out more?