img_4635

Contractor Call

This is a call for Expressions of Interest by qualified contractors who wish to be informed of contract work opportunities within the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo) community forest. SIFCo’s harvesting operations are generally dispersed retention or group selection, with block volumes from 3000 to 6000 m3. To download expression of interest, please click here»

The following types of contract opportunities are expected over the next several years:

o Road Construction
o Road Maintenance
o Conventional logging
o Cable logging (tower)
o Log hauling (Self Loader)

To be considered qualified in any category, contractors should possess the following minimum requirements:

o An active WCB number and appropriate classification
o Good company standing
o Liability Insurance
o Experience, with references

Interested parties can complete an Expression of Interest form available from the SIFCo website here>> or by mail from the address below. Completed forms should be returned to SIFCo by May 13, 2011

SIFCo
Box 189
Winlaw B.C. V0G 2J0.

img_8998

Interface Work Completed in New Denver!

The Interface work is now almost complete in the village of New Denver. Six workers worked for five months and made the Village a much safer place. SIFCo will return for one last week of work to do a final clean-up in one of the areas in early April. If anyone has comments or would like to ask us any questions about our work, please do not hesitate to contact us. It was a pleasure to work with the village of New Denver, and a big “thank you” to all the neighbors for their support during those months!

img_3831

$247,000 for Wildland Interface work in the Village of New Denver

SIFCo received $247,000 to carry out Wildland Urban Interface work in the village of New Denver. The project will treat 30 hectares of land in and around the municipality’s boundaries. Three of the blocks are located right in the village on the east side of the highway, while the fourth one is located on the slope above the hospital, also on the east side of the highway.

SIFCo’s commitment to making the Slocan Valley a safer place in regard to potential wildfires and providing local employment continues with current grant investments in excess of $550,000 over the past two years.

img_4640

First harvest opportunity for SIFCo

Today SIFCo began work on the ground: We began our first harvest in the Red Mountain area. The block will consist of around seven hectares of land estimated to produce 3500 cubic meters of wood. For more information on our activities, please see the News and Events section.

img_8277

Wildland-Urban Interface Wildfire Protection Program gets another $75,000

SIFCo just obtained another $75 000 to carry on their Wildland Urban Interface Management Program, begun in the Spring of 2009. This investment will go towards 10 hectares of land in the Trozzo Watershed — an area outlined in our mapping process that has very high fire risk and consequence if a fire were to occur. Four jobs will be created for at least three months with these Forest Investment Account Funds.

img_1640

$27,500 invested in Bannock Point improvements

As a popular, fairly remote, local destination, the spectacular Bannock Point gets a lot of yearly traffic & use. In 2009 SIFCo invested $27,500 in improvements to the site. From building new outhouses, to creating designated campsites, and developing safe and low impact parking areas, a total of seven people worked to make Bannock a safer and more attractive destination.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

SIFCo receives $135,620 for Invasive Plant Reduction

Following our 2008 Invasive Plant Inventory and our small Pilot Project of the summer 2008, SIFCo just received $135,620 from the Jobs Opportunities Program and the Canadian Action Plan of both the provincial and federal governments to do a first-of-its-kind tenure-wide Invasive Plants control project. This work will employ seven displaced workers for the next three months.

img_1699

SIFCo’s Wildland-Urban Interface Wildfire Protection Program gets $246,675

SIFCo received $221,675 from the Jobs Opportunities Program and $25,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust to begin phase #1 of their Wildland-Urban Interface Wildfire Protection Program.

img_4418

Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) approved

Today the last draft of our Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) was approved by the Ministry of Forest. The FSP is a planning requirement for forest tenure holders in British Columbia. It is a requirement of the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) and is intended to replace some of the planning requirements of the Forest Practices Code of BC Act.

img_1620

New Landscape Level Plan maps released today

As part of SIFCo’s Landscape Level Plan a new set of maps was released today. This set of maps titled: “Wildfire-Human Interface using a Permaculture Perspective” highlights the priority for treatment of areas within the Interface areas of SIFCo’s landbase.