Forest Products and Fibre Project Overview

Please also see Action Plans and Final Reports for completed projects.

Plan Mapper
 An internet-based mapping and database query tool designed to assist stakeholder access to land use planning information in BC.

University of Northern BC, Integrated Land Management Bureau (Canada), McGregor, GeoScience BC, Noratek Solutions, Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia, GeoConnections, Integrated Resource Management BC, Muskwa-Kechika Management Area

Alternative Timber Supply Scenarios

A modelling exercise was completed and the information used in the development of the Strategy.

Council of Forest Industries, Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition and former Ministry of Forests and Range

The Way Forward: A Proposal to Modernize BC’s Forest Policy
Released: July 18, 2008

This document presents the perspective of communities participating in the OBAC. It proposes that British Columbia’s forest policy be modernized based on the following leadership statement: “The forests of British Columbia belong to its people, and to future generations – we must always put their interests ahead of all others.” To support this statement, a number of defining principles are suggested to provide guidance to changes in policy and practices, and examples are provided of the specific types of changes that should be considered. The principles are interdependent, as are many of the possible policy changes that would occur under them.

(COMPLETED) Bridges - Linking Resources for Community Forests
December 2009 – December 2010

This was a multi-region, multi-agency project that created information and systems to facilitate value-added forest products producers and community forests to develop fiber supply arrangements.

Recommendation 1: Increase the benefits that communities can rely upon from forest resources and forestry

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FINAL Report Submitted by the Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin - Click Here

Pilot Project ? Improving Community Input to Forest Management Decisions – PG Timber Supply Review
December 2009 - December 2010

Cut (AAC) determination for the Prince George Timber Supply Area. Using a working group of local government representatives supported by a consultant, the OBAC worked collaboratively with the
MFR to test a new approach to advising the Chief Forester about the social and economic objectives that need to be considered in the determination of the AAC.

Future Forest Products and Fibre Use Strategy

  • Objective 1: Increase community benefits from forest resources.
  • Objective 2: Diversify and strengthen the forest sector.
  • Objective 6: Ensure the forest is managed to meet future needs and opportunities.

Alternative Energy Sector Strategy

  • Objective 3: Make use of available fibre, including the fibre resulting from the mountain pine beetle epidemic, to produce bioenergy.

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(COMPLETED) PGNAETA – Northern Interior BC Aboriginal Forestry Business Initiative
September 2012 – March 2013

The main objective for this project was to help with the establishment of Aboriginal-owned and operated businesses that will provide services to the forest sector.

Future Forest Products and Fibre Use Strategy

  • Recommendation 4: Increase awareness and understanding of the long-term viability of the forest sector.
    • Provide relevant forest related educational and training opportunities at post-secondary institutions.

Community Services and Support Strategy

  • Recommendation 3: Enable youth and adults to obtain local education and employment services that will allow them to fully participate in the region’s economy.
    • Increase the relevance of education offerings by linking to local opportunities to knowledgeable members of the community.
    • Take advantage of local human resources/experts to enhance educational offerings provided by secondary and post-secondary institutions.
  • Recommendation 4: Realize the economic benefits of a strong social service sector.
    • Provide supports that will allow greater leveraging of national and provincial foundation funds and other types of program funds.

Attraction and Retention Strategy

  • Recommendation 3: Provide assistance to the region’s young people and other residents to access training, obtain jobs and facilitate growth in self-employment opportunities.
    • Provide more diverse training opportunities through the local colleges and UNBC to meet the identified training and skills needs.
    • Actively address barriers that prevent individuals from participating in the local labour market.
    • Expand the range of services provided by established local employment service providers ensuring that they are able to service all community members rather than just ‘unemployed people’
    • Ensure that local economic development services identify self-employment opportunities.
    • Work across organizations to find ways to retain the immense expertise in forest workers and expand opportunities to leverage this into training and mentorship opportunities
  • Recommendation 5: Develop and implement improved service delivery models to better meet health care and education needs.
    • Pilot an initiative designed to bring the courses to the people. Fully utilize modern communications technologies.

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FINAL Report Submitted by PGNAETA - Click Here

Bridges II: Creating More Regional Economic Value from Regional Forests
September 2013 – December 2014

To increase focused resources to work with regional stakeholder groups and act on new opportunities in these three sub-region MPB epidemic zones: i) the west Kootenay Lake corridor region centered around Kaslo ii) the McBride to Barriere corridor and iii) the Cariboo- Chilcotin region. The major goals of this project are to identify and implement a series of actions that will result in at least one of the following goals in each of the three sub-regions the project works in:

(i) increase the profitability of small tenure holders;
(ii) increase the amount of fibre flowing from regional small tenure holders to regional value-added businesses;
(iii) create new longer term fibre supply contracts between regional small tenure holders and regional wood manufacturing businesses;
(iv) create new regional forest products and businesses that can be supported by regional fibre supplies;
(v) create new markets for existing regional forest products and fibre supplies; and/or
(vi) Increase the regional economic benefits derived from regional fibre supplies.

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View the Bridges II Update - Value-Added Manufacturers Compilation of Business Snapshots and Challenges to Expansion


Making Forest Policy More Effective: Some Key Actions Needed to Achieve the Region’s Objectives for Its Forest Sector. September 2014

The Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic hastened and magnified changes in the forest industry, which has been the economic mainstay of many central interior communities for more than half a century. The Omineca Beetle Action Coalition has identified a number of key forest policy changes that if implemented, will enhance community resilience through more direct involvement, improved forest stewardship, and a more diverse and competitive industry.