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About WBCF

Board of Directors

WBCF hosts monthly board meetings open to the public
 

The West Boundary Community Forest is governed by an appointed Board of Directors representing the communities of the City of Greenwood and the Village of Midway.
 

Chair: John Bolt, Greenwood BC.

Secretary: Ross Elliott, Midway, BC.

Directors: John Bolt, City of Greenwood council representative; Darren Metcalf, Village of Midway council representative.

Members-at-Large: Ginette Wheeler; Heinz Kreuzer, and Ross Elliott, members-at-large for Village of Midway.

Funding Committee:

Chair: Vacant

Budget Committee:

Chair: Ross Elliott

Events Committee:

Chair: Dan Macmaster

Grants & Bursaries Committee:

Chair: Heinz Kruezer

Guiding Principles and Goals

Timber Management:
  • to ensure that the long-term forest productivity of sites within the WBCF is maintained or enhanced.

  • to use a variety of harvesting and silviculture systems to minimize the delivered cost of the timber products to the manufacturing facility as well as to promote biodiversity in the remaining forests.

  • to manage the forest in a manner that will produce a continuous flow of logs of suitable quality and quantity while maintaining other resource management goals.
     

Wildlife:
  • to conserve sufficient wildlife habitat in terms of the amount of area and distribution of areas for the survival of species at risk. There are 5 red-listed (Endangered or Threatened) and 13 blue-listed (Species of Concern) vertebrate species found in the areas around the CFA.

  • to maintain or enhance mule deer winter range where it is found on the CFA.
     

Water:
  • to protect water quality by ensuring that riparian areas are accurately identified and protected from degradation from harvesting or road building operations.

  • to involve licensed water users in the planning and protection of their water sources.

 

Visuals:
  • The potential timber harvesting land base in the WBCF overlaps extensively with the scenic corridor declared under the Kootenay Boundary Higher Level Plan Order (KBHLPO).

  • Fully half of the area of the community forest has formal visual quality objectives.

  • These visual quality objectives will be considered and incorporated into harvesting prescriptions wherever site conditions allow.

Overview Location Map

The potential timber harvesting land base in the WBCF overlaps extensively with the scenic corridor declared under the Kootenay Boundary Higher Level Plan Order (KBHLPO). Fully half of the area of the community forest has formal visual quality objectives. These visual quality objectives will be considered and incorporated into harvesting prescriptions wherever site conditions allow.

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Prospering through Partnership

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Managing Forests for Future Generations
 

The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) and the West Boundary Community Forest have a strong partnership in the Boundary. 

We have a shared Forest Stewardship Plan we’ve followed for the past 6 years. It focuses on a variety of objectives, including best approaches to harvesting, and managing the lands for future generations. 

OIB foresters have worked on specific cutting permits in the WBCF, conducting layout, mapping, and professional field reviews for possible culturally significant areas and sites. OIB crews have also provided road-building and logging services and they continue to support our development and projects throughout the community forest.

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