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.

URBAN INTERFACE FIRE PREVENTION SPEAKERS EVENT

The Community Forest extends our thanks to those who came out to the Chatelech Secondary School Theatre June 10 to hear four extremely knowledgeable speakers share their expertise on fire ecology, urban interface fire behaviour and first-hand experience with catastrophic fires.

Our gratitude is extended to the four speakers who volunteered their time to be with us. They are:

     Brian McNaughton – General Manager, Federation of BC Woodlots
     Retired District Manager – Williams Lake Forest District
     Evacuee of the 2017 Williams Lake Fire

     Tom Bradley, RFT
     Forestry Supervisor – Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative

     Dr. Lori Daniels, PhD – Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Forest & Conservation
     Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, UBC

     Bruce Blackwell, RPF, RPBio
     Owner – Bruce Blackwell & Associates

This event was filmed and will be broadcast on Coast Cable a number of times over the next few months. They have informed us that it is also available for viewing any time through Eastlink’s On Demand system. Go to Community TV → Special Interest → Coast Community Special → 2018 2019 → Fire Prevention.

As the film is copyrighted by Coast Cable we cannot provide a link to it through our website.

Our thanks also to Capilano University ElderCollege who sponsored three community events which played the film from June 10. The Community Forest Operations Manager and local Fire Chief facilitated each event which were all very well attended. 

CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS

The Community Forest (SCCF) has one volunteer vacancy to fill on the five-member SCCF Legacy Fund Assessment Committee. The SCCF Legacy Fund is based on revenue generated by the Community Forest which is surplus to operating needs. As a member of the Committee you will evaluate applications for Legacy Funds submitted by community groups, public sector agencies and non-profit organizations based on established criteria. Committee recommendations are then forwarded to the District of Sechelt Council for consideration of approval. The Committee is expected to meet up to four times per year.

If you are interested, please submit a written expression of interest to the Community Forest office. Please include:
  • Your name, residential and mailing address, e-mail address and phone number;
  • A short statement or resume of your background, knowledge, experience and interests.

Please submit your completed application to:
     Sunshine Coast Community Forest
     Attention: Administrator
     P.O. Box 215
     Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0

or by e-mail:     info1@sccf.ca
                         Subject: Assessment Committee Application

For more information please contact the Community Forest office at 604-885-7809.

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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FSP / Management Plan Review

Our replacement Forest Stewardship Plan and Forest Management Plan were 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 is now over.

Click here to read the Forest Stewardship Plan.

Click here to read 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.

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