June 12-14: Dan Macmaster, Community Forest Manager, and Heinz Kreuzer, WBCF Director, are attending the BC Community Forest Conference and AGM in Mission BC. They’re sharing ideas and experiences with other forest managers about the projects and successes we are having in the West Boundary.
The event includes a Field trip to the Mission Municipal Forest featuring their efforts to operate a working forest, and to collaborate with First Nation interests and the multiple recreational users and overlapping tenures on the land base. Sessions also include First Nations partnerships, ecosystem resiliency, adapting to a changing climate, community wildfire protection, community investment cooperatives, news on key government initiatives and informal dialogue sessions for managers and community forest boards.
There will also be a special session on Reconciliation through Education and Understanding where we will host The KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ . The Blanket Exercise is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.