Firewood Permits Extended

To assist our Firewood Permit Users and staff avoid contact, all Firewood Permits expiring on or after March 31, 2020 will be extended to June 21st, 2020.

Further extensions will be considered based on fire risk so check back regularly for updates if you’re planning to use your permit at this time.

If you would like to obtain a firewood permit, while our office is only open to the public by appointment, we can issue permits by e-mail.  Please inquire at info1@sccf.ca with your name, address, phone number, and license plate. We are currently issuing permits in block WL01, the fire block near Phare Lake. We are not currently logging and do not have the authority to issue permits for the recently logged blocks in our community.

Legacy Fund Extension!

The deadline for Letters of Intent for Legacy Fund grants has been extended to May 15th!  We recognize that the public health situation has created new challenges to the way organizations in our community meet and do their important work, including grant applications.

Free Seedlings for Earth Day!

For Earth Day 2020, we have native species seedlings to give away! We selected Choke Cherry, Indian Plum, and Kinnickinick based on drought tolerance, fire smart properties, and consideration for our native pollinators. These are great choices for landscaping birds and bugs will love, or even better to replace invasive vegetation in your area! Email info1@sccf.ca to arrange a no-contact pick-up or drop-off.

We encourage everyone to use this physically distant Earth Day as an opportunity to educate themselves on invasive species. We are highlighting Scotch Broom because it is easily recognizable by its’ bright yellow flowers and is abundant on the coast. This beautiful plant was brought to the West Coast as an ornamental in the 1850’s however it poses such a high risk and is so well established that it is currently on BC’s Priority Invasive Species list. It is extremely prolific with a mature plant producing thousands of seeds which can remain viable for decades! It is also unfortunately an extreme fire risk, as these oily plants can dramatically escalate a fire’s intensity.

Not surprisingly, on the Sunshine Coast we have such an amazing community that many volunteer “Broom Busters” including the Halfmoon Bay Community Association, Sargent Bay Society and Sunshine Coast Natural History Society have been tackling this and have made short work of it in and around Sargent‚Äôs Bay, at the Sechelt Marsh, and along Redrooffs Rd. If you see this plant please consider taking the time to dig it up, ensuring proper disposal. DO NOT put it in your green waste bin. Currently the Halfmoon Bay Fire Dept. is accepting it in the vacant lot beside the hall. Please contact us if you need help with disposal.¬†

For more information visit:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/invasive-species/priority-species

https://bcinvasives.ca/invasive-species/identify/invasive-plants/scotch-broom?fbclid=IwAR2q2ZziggYOZ-6-5yUoEyHQxZqvD7cciyYCSQGYIjV9wRwwxfrSpFwfNlA

AGM

Our Annual General Meeting has been set for May 11th at 7:00pm.  Due to the current Public Health Office orders, it will be held via online conference and broadcast on Youtube.  The public may submit questions or comments in advance to info1@sccf.ca 

Accepting Legacy Fund Letters of Intent

We are currently accepting Letters of Intent for SCCF Legacy Fund Grants.  Due to the extraordinary need in our community at this time, we will be accepting applications that fall outside of our usual criteria.  We encourage anyone with a project which can benefit our community to apply.  We also have less funds available for grants this year and are waiving our suggested minimum project value of $25,000.

For more information or to apply

Office Closure

In the interest of the health and safety of our staff and community, our office will be closed until at least March 24th, 2020.  We will post any further updates on our website and Facebook page.  Please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail:

 

Administrator                       Sara Zieleman        250.464.9171        

 

szieleman@sccf.ca

 

Operations Manager          Dave Lasser            604-740-7208 

 

dlasser@sccf.ca    

 

Open House – March 9th

Join us at the Seaside Centre from 6:30pm Р8:00pm.  Our most current operations plan map will be available for review at our upcoming Open House at the Seaside Centre.  Operations Manager Dave Lasser, RPF will be there to answer any questions you may have.  Please submit feedback in writing.

Legacy Fund Grants

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

Pender Harbour District Health Centre – $40,000 to purchase and equip a handicapped accessible van which will be used to transport residents to health appointments.

Roberts Creek Community Association – $100,000 to replace the roof of the Roberts Creek Community Hall and/or make exterior repairs.

Rotary Club of the Sunshine Coast – $35,000 to purchase and install Automated External Defibrillators throughout the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Arts Council – $100,000 to replace the roof of the Arts Centre in Sechelt and/or make other necessary repairs.

syiyaya Reconciliation Project – $10,000; the final installment for the Totem Pole carving project being undertaken by Mr. Tony Paul.

2019 WOOD EXPO

The 5th annual Wood Expo was held on September 14 at the Seaside Centre. There were 24 local exhibitors showing the beauty and diversity of wood through their various projects. Artists, hobbyists, furniture makers, carvers, boat builders, wood turners and so many more exhibited one of a kind items, many not before seen by the public.

Go to our Wood Expo page to get more information.

STRUCTURE PROTECTION UNIT

The Sunshine Coast Community Forest, in consultation and cooperation with our shareholder the District of Sechelt, is pleased to announce that it has provided funding of approximately $110,000 to the Sechelt Fire Department for the purchase of a Type 2 Structure Protection Unit (SPU).

The purpose of the SPU is to provide outdoor fire protection to approximately 30 homes at a time. It is equipped with pumps, hoses, sprinklers, etc. that can be mounted on the roof of a home and on the ground right beside the home. The SPU is deployed with a five-person crew to set up the sprinkler system.

The SPU will be owned and maintained by the Sechelt Fire Department and will be available for use by all six fire departments on the lower Sunshine Coast, based on equipment sharing agreements currently in place. Training of the six fire departments’ personnel will be conducted by the Sechelt Fire Department.

The Community Forest would like to express our sincere thanks to Sechelt Fire Chief Trevor Pike, Deputy Chief Dwight Davison and Firefighter Bill Ellsner for their leadership and efforts to purchase and equip the Structure Protection Unit.

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