Legacy Fund Grants

At the January 16, 2019 regular Council meeting of the District of Sechelt, Councilors approved our recommendations for seven Legacy Fund grants.

Gibsons Marine Rescue Society – $80,000 to construct a new boathouse in which to park the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue boat.

Gibsons Public Market – $35,000 to install a solar array which will reduce the use and cost of hydro electric power for the Marine Education CenPost - LF SCSAC 2019tre.

Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre – $100,000 for major renovations to add a dining room and upgrade the kitchen facilities.

Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society – $30,500 to conduct hydrologic and well assessments in order to have their wells approved for use rather than taking water from Chapman Lake to feed the hatchery.

Syiyaya Reconciliation Movement – $10,000 to complete their totem carving project.

Sunshine Coast Baseball Association – $20,000 to install a new batting cage at Brothers Park.

Sunshine Coast Fastball League – $50,000 to upgrade Hackett Park with improved backstops and fencing.

All of these projects will provide lasting benefits to the communities of the Sunshine Coast.

Forest Practices Board finds SCCF harvesting at Wilson Creek appropriate

VICTORIA – An investigation of a public complaint on the Sunshine Coast has found that the Sunshine Coast Community Forest took the appropriate steps when planning and harvesting a cutblock near Wilson Creek.

“The issue of sediment in water and impacts on fish habitat is a serious one. This investigation highlights the reasonable steps a forestry licensee should take when working in areas with natural terrain hazards that are also important for fish, water and community interests,” said Kevin Kriese, board chair.

The complainant was concerned that the community forest had not assessed the risks of logging the cutblock and had caused sediment to enter Wilson Creek, a fish-bearing stream. The investigation found that the community forest had followed all legal requirements and completed several voluntary assessments, which found that forest harvesting would not pose a significant risk to terrain stability, water flows or fish habitat. The assessments included recommendations to minimize potential impacts of harvesting, which the community forest had followed.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board investigates public complaints about forest and range practices on public lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

Contact:

Darlene Oman
Communications
Forest Practices Board
250 213-4705 / 1 800 994-5899

See Full Report Here:

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Suncoast Woodcrafters Donate

Once again the Community Forest is proud to present some of the offerings from the Suncoast Woodcrafters Guild to the Sunshine Coast Community Services program providing toys and gifts for people in need. Every year we are a sponsor of the Guild and every year they amaze and surprise us with the products they create and donate to the annual Community Services Christmas gift program. These wonderful helpers of Santa toil away in their workshops every year to provide well over 100 items for people of all ages. If you are interested in joining the Suncoast Woodcrafters Guild, visit their website (www.suncoastwoodcrafters.com) for more information.

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2018 WOOD EXPO

Fourth annual Wood Expo – What a terrific show. The talent on the Sunshine Coast never ceases to amaze us. Click here for details.

FIREWOOD PERMITS – OPEN

We are now issuing long-term permits.  Please visit our firewood page for more information.

FSP / Management Plan Review

Our replacement Forest Stewardship Plan and Forest Management Plan are available for review by agencies and the public before the Delegated Decision Maker from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development considers approval, and may be revised as a result of written comments received during public review and comment period. The public review and comment period runs from June 22 to September 22, 2018. The plans are also available for review at the Sechelt Library, 5797 Cowrie Street, Sechelt, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM on Wednesday from 1:00PM to 7:00PM and on Saturdays from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.

Click here to review the Forest Stewardship Plan.

Click here to review the Forest Management Plan.

DIRECTOR TO RECEIVE AWARD

Tony Greenfield, a volunteer Director of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest since 2011, has been awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in recognition of his many continuing volunteer efforts.  In addition to the Community Forest, Tony has been a volunteer instructor with Sunshine Coast Elder College for 13 years, is a founding member and current President of the Sunshine Coast Natural History Society, is a founding member of the B.C. Field Ornithologists and is currently Vice President of the Sargeant Bay Society.  Tony has organized the annual bird count on the Sunshine Coast for almost 40 years and has contributed a birding column to the Coast Reporter for many years.  We are proud to have Tony be part of our Community Forest family.

Elk in the News

There has been information circulating in the media recently about the management of elk on the Sunshine Coast. We encourage the public to read some of the information provided on our new Wildlife Information page to learn for themselves how our local Roosevelt elk are managed by government and industry.

$500 REWARD

The SCCF and the Sunshine Coast Trails Society are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the identification of the individuals responsible for defacing and removing signs directing the public into the new Wormy Lake recreational site in Halfmoon Bay. Over the past few weeks several directional signs have been removed from the Halfmoon-Carlson FSR and the Mine Road while others have been defaced with offensive symbols. The RCMP and the Conservation Officer Service have been notified of this vandalism.  In addition to the vandalism of signs, disrespectful users have spoiled the recreational site by having exceptionally large bonfires, ruining the designated fire pit, and leaving large amounts of trash behind.

The Wormy Lake recreational site has been created by a group of hard-working volunteers for the benefit of all to enjoy.  Users are urged to use and enjoy the site but to leave it as good condition or better than they found it.

Tips can be reported to info1@sccf.ca or 604-885-7809.

Wood Expo 2017

The Sunshine Coast Community Forest hosted the third annual Wood Expo at the Seaside Center on September 16th and had record attendance of 1300. The exhibitors came from all over the lower Sunshine Coast and featured artists, wood carvers, furniture makers, a cedar strip canoe, and wooden cars. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Sechelt who provided food and drink in support of the Breakfast for Kids program in the schools. The Community Forest would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended, to the exhibitors who took time out of their schedule to be there and to the hard working volunteers who made it happen. What can be done with wood is amazing and it is everywhere in our lives.

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