Community Forest Society to raise grant funds to $30,000 for 2013

Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society announces decision to increase the annual grant disbursement $30,000

The LNTCFS fourth sponsored Job Creation Program (JCP) includes trail work in the Skull Mountain and Bonaparte Lake areas

The LNTCFS fourth sponsored Job Creation Program (JCP) includes trail work in the Skull Mountain and Bonaparte Lake areas

The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society (LNTCFS) have recently announced their decision to increase the annual grant disbursement from the $20,000 awarded for 2012, to a total of $30,000 in grant monies and student awards to LNTCFS communities for this year.

Payout of the $30,000 will be as follows:

• $15,000 will be donated as student awards, with the final form of disbursement yet to be determined by the LNTCFS board of directors.

• $15,000 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, 2013.

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, Daniel Arcand, Ron Hindson, and Brian Bondar.

A thank-you is also given to LNTCFS’s administrative assistant Glenda Watt  for her bookkeeping contributions.

“For 2013/14 we have plans to harvest 19,000 cubic meters of timber off the community forest, primarily in the Wikkiup Creek area.” reports Mike Francis, RPF, on behalf of the Society. “A large portion of the harvest operations will be targeting the rehabilitation of lower value/volume stands impacted by past harvesting and root disease.  Some small scale pine salvage is also planned.”

Francis tells that the LNTCFS is currently sponsoring its fourth Job Creation Program, an eight month program to provide training and work experience for EI funded participants.  Rick Proulx has been hired as a supervisor for this project, which includes trail work in the Skull Mountain and Bonaparte Lake areas, expansion of the Lower North Thompson Geo Cache program established in 2012, and work on the Barriere Forks Ski Trails. Total funding for this project is $230,000.

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

The LNTCFS also reports that on July 8, 2013, the Board of Directors voted in favour of donating up to $150,000 to the Barriere 100th Anniversary Committee, a group associated with the District of Barriere. This donation was made specifically to help build the Committee’s Splash in the Past water park, which is estimated to cost about $550,000 to complete. This funding is contingent on a $250,000 Legacy Fund Grant from Heritage Canada, for which an application has now been submitted.

Also in July, the Board of Directors decided by way of motion to set aside $30,000 each year for a Forest Stewardship Fund, with the amount reviewed by the board annually. The objective of the Forest Stewardship Fund (FSF) is to provide for the reinvestment of LNTCFS revenues back into the Lower North Thompson Community Forest landbase as a means of supporting long term improvements to this area.

You can find more information regarding the LNTCFS on the following two pages.