Save this date: September 19, 2018 7:00 p.m. Argenta Hall: “Developing a Strategic Landscape Level Wildfire Protection Plan – An example of Climate Change Adaptation using an Ecosystem Based Approach”
Join the Friends of the Lardeau River to get glimpses inside a viable option for forestry operations that is being very successfully modeled by Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo). Learn how the right approach can provide local economic opportunities, safeguard regional ecosystem values, and develop a landscape-level fuel management scheme to substantially reduce fire risks arising from fuel loads in unmanaged forests. So, what can you expect to learn?
Learn what Integral Forestry means and what its purposes include:
- Integral Forestry partakes of practices that first determine the ecological limits to human uses of a specified land area, and then, given these limits, seeks to apply management strategies that will maintain a fully functioning ecosystem over time; and,
- It employs management strategies that consider humans as part of the ecosystem and that aim to improve social conditions such as local employment levels, community stability, local economic opportunities, community safety, fire preparedness and respect and understanding among residents;
Learn the benefits SIFCo sees coming from this innovative approach:
1.To serve as a model of integral forestry by owning and managing forest lands in a manner that is ecologically and socially responsible, economically sustainable, and that provides the community with all the amenities of a fully functioning ecosystem.
- To fulfill the following specific purposes:
(a) To manage the community forest license area according to site-sensitive, ecologically based forestry practices modeled on an ecosystem-based approach that is peer review defendable.
(b) To stimulate local employment and economic opportunities from these forest lands that are ecologically sustainable and socially responsible.
(c) To establish a financially viable forest product business that:
(i) provides forest management services and forest products marketing services;
(ii) supports forest-related educational, recreational, business and employment opportunities for the Slocan Valley;
(iii) supports the preservation of ecologically sensitive lands and the restoration of degraded forest lands;
(iv) enhances community safety and fire preparedness by reducing fuel loading in the WUI zone within the Slocan Community Forest;
(v) provides a meaningful public participation process for the planning and development of domestic use watersheds;
(vi) preserves water quality, quantity and timing of flow in the community forest license area.
See SIFCo website at https://www.sifco.ca/ for additional information about the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative