Community Forest Society to give back $20,000 in 2012

$10,000 will be donated through the LNTCFS grants program to local non-profit organizations

The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society is currently sponsoring its third Job Creation Partnership (JCP) through the Ministry of Social Development; which provides training and work experience for EI funded participants.   Pictured are JCP participants Leon Eustache

The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society is currently sponsoring its third Job Creation Partnership (JCP) through the Ministry of Social Development; which provides training and work experience for EI funded participants. Pictured are JCP participants Leon Eustache

The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society (LNTCFS) have recently announced their decision to disburse a total of $20,000 in grant monies and student awards to LNTCFS communities for this year.

Payout of the $20,000 will be as follows:

• $10,000 will be donated as student awards, with the final form of disbursement yet to be determined by the LNTCFS board of directors.

• $10,000 will be donated through the LNTCFS grants program to local non-profit organizations.

• Grant application forms and guidelines are available at the LNTCFS office located at 4648 Barriere Town Road.

• All applications will be reviewed by the LNTCFS board of directors.

• Deadline for applications is December 31, 2012

The LNTCFS annual report says this has been a good year for the society.

The organization sends a thank-you to their board of directors for all their volunteered time and contributions to making the organization successful:

• Chairperson Harley Wright

• Vice-Chairperson Duane Eustache

• Treasurer Martin Matthews

• Directors: Gailen Conan, Bert Rilcoe, Greg Fennell, Hugh Fraser, Ted Brown, Duncan McGrath, Wayne VanSickle, Ron Hindson, and Brian Bondar.

A thank-you is also given to LNTCFS’s new administrative assistant Glenda Watt,  and to the previous assistant Christie Mickelson, who moved on this year, for their bookkeeping contributions.

“We have now completed pine salvage harvesting operations on both our non-replaceable and community forest licenses,” reports Mike Francis, RPF, on behalf of the Society. “As such, we are currently transitioning to a significantly lower harvest level that will prove challenging but we are confident that we will persevere.

“We have a new Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) prepared and submitted, a new Pest Management Plan prepared and issued, and will be completing a new Management Plan and timber supply analysis this winter.”

Francis tells that the LNTCFS is currently sponsoring its third Job Creation Partnership (JCP) through the Ministry of Social Development; which provides training and work experience for EI funded participants. Rick Proulx has been hired as a supervisor of this JCP, which is completing trailwork around Skull Mountain, wharf construction at Gorman Lake (have partnered with North Thompson Fish and Game Club), and development of a Geocache program for the Lower North Thompson as a means of increasing tourism and expanding trail use in the area.  Currently there are seven active geocaches established.  You can find the Lower North Thompson Geo Caching page on Facebook.

Francis says the LNTCFS also thanks Connie Falk for her continued work and support on these projects.

Find more information regarding the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society on the following two pages.