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Silverton – Red Mountain Wildland-Urban Interface Project to resume

Starting March 18, 2013 the Silverton – Red Mountain WUI project is set to resume. Six workers will be working for the next two months to complete phase 2 and the final phase of this $400’000 project. If you have any questions regarding this project, please do not hesitate to contact us at 250-226-7012 or email office@sifco.ca

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Harvesting to begin up Winlaw FSR

A 12 ha of dry forest on south-facing slope, 2 km up Winlaw FSR harvesting project will begin in two weeks. The area will be managed with a priority on ungulate winter range values, biodiversity, and balancing forest on site to hotter, dryer conditions. Ponderosa Pine will be retained throughout. Project is expected to be completed by end of February 2013. For more info, please contact the sifco office at 250-226-7012 or via email to: offie@sifco.ca

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Silverton – Red Mountain Wildland-Urban Interface Project Winter Break

Starting December 20, 2012, the Silverton – Red Mountain WUI project will stop for the winter season. Seven workers have been working since October 2012 to complete phase 2 and the final phase of this $400 000 project. Work is set to resume in March 2013. If you have any questions regarding this project, please do not hesitate to contact us at 250-226-7012 or email office@sifco.ca

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Harvesting to begin up Ponderosa FSR

A 17-hectare harvesting project is set to begin up the Ponderosa FSR starting mid-November 2012. 800 meters of new road construction will be part of this project and deactivation of the new road will happen immediately following completion of silviculture requirements. Ponserosa FSR has been poorly maintained, drainage control will be put in place following harvest activities in the spring of 2013. Road will be re-opened for recreation in mid-June 2013. For more info, please contact the SIFCo office at 250-226-7012 or email at office@sifco.ca

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Silverton – Red Mountain Wildland-Urban Interface Project to resume

Starting October 15th, 2012 the Silverton – Red Mountain WUI project is set to resume. Seven workers will be working for five months over the next seven months to complete phase 2 and the final phase of this $400 000 project. If you have any questions regarding this project, please do not hesitate to contact us at 250-226-7012 or email office@sifco.ca

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Summer break for crew working on the Silverton – Red Mountain Wildland-Urban Interface Project

After three months of work and 18 hectares completed, our crew will take a well-deserved break for the summer months. We will resume work in early October. Thanks to the Red Mountain residents and to people living in the Village of Silverton for the great support and understanding throughout the spring.

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Work began on the Silverton – Red Mountain Wildland-Urban Interface Project today March 15th, 2012

If you have any questions in regard ti this project, please do not hesitate to contact us at 250-226-7012 or email office@sifco.ca

For the first three weeks we will be working on the “Highway Block”: this is the small sliver of land between the highway and Red Mountain Rd. before the gravel pit, and the land between the gravel pit and the highway.

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SIFCo gets 25 year License! Come Celebrate with us!

On December 11, 2011, SIFCo achieved a milestone is its evolution as a company by being awarded a 25-year license. This allows us to finally be able to plan long term as a company.

Come celebrate with us on Sunday, February 12!

We are hosting a free, family-oriented Winter Celebration day at the Valley View Golf Club in Appledale in the Slocan Valley. We would like to invite you to this event to celebrate the 25-year tenure SIFCo has just been granted, to manage over 35,000 acres of land here in the Slocan Valley.

In partnership with the Slocan Valley Recreation Commission and Rails to Trails, we will have a cross-country ski track set, as well as snowshoes available for your use. Between 1-2pm you can test your speed and grace on your skies or snowshoes compared with your neighbours in a short timed-start competition. The rest of the afternoon the track will be open for everyone’s use. A silent auction will be held indoors with a chance to win a custom concrete bench, generously donated by Molded Stone of Winlaw.

For kids we will have a shorter timed race on skies starting at 12:30, a small scavenger hunt on the property starting at 2pm, and tobogganing. Inside the club house there will be several interactive stations set up for children of different ages where everyone can learn about the forest landscape we live in.

We will also have free hot chocolate and a bonfire all afternoon. At 3pm inside the clubhouse, there will be short welcome speech and free cake to celebrate our tenure! The Valley View clubhouse kitchen will be open all day until 6:30pm.

So do come celebrate with us! After eight years of work, we have reached a major milestone towards community control of our watersheds and sustainable logging practices. Something certainly worth celebrating!

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Intern from Sweden joins the SIFCo team!

SIFCo is currently hosting a Master’s student as an intern at our office.

Elissa Berrill grew up in the Slocan Valley and is now studying Environmental Planning at Stockholm University in Sweden. She is helping us to reach out to the community through contacting value-added wood producers in our area and updating our featured businesses page at www.sifco.ca.

Her work also includes visiting grades 3 and 4 classes at five different elementary schools in the Slocan Valley and introducing students to the species that live in our forests, as well as some basic survival skills. She hopes to gain some insights into the realities of community forest management to take back to Sweden with her.

Elissa is also helping to plan our community Winter Activity Day, set to happen on February 12, 12-5pm at the Valley View Golf course.

We are happy to welcome her to the SIFCo team for 10 weeks!

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SIFCo completes Timber Supply Review

After hosting four community meetings to present the findings of our Timber Supply Review (TSR) to members and residents, and then incorporating the feedback from these meetings, our TSR has now been completed. Findings from this review will guide SIFCo’s operations for the coming years.