January 2020 update
- It’s lovely to see so many families and individuals out recreating and enjoying the Community Forest.
- Please be mindful that there are industrial users on any given day, especially on the Birch Lane & Bysak Road systems of Flatrock.
- Safety is everyone’s responsibility – please have fun but also be cautious.
September 2019 update
- Fir probing has started in the Potato Mountain and Flatrock Blocks.
- The first round of Road Permit transfers is complete from Tolko.
- The road upgrades have been completed in Flatrock. The road upgrades into Baillon Lake area have been started.
- All decked wood has been delivered from the 2018/2019 harvest season.
- Pine Spacing has begun for the Enhanced Silviculture Program – 70 ha completed as of Sept 17th 2019.
- Reporting obligations are up to date.
Landscape Level Fuel Breaks – mechanized work is ongoing, the focus has moved to the Birch Lane side and is working North.
The Flatrock Douglas-fir spacing has started and is progressing – the cutting is complete.
Aerial Fertilizer program is scheduled for Fall 2019 – 100 ha are under prescription for the 2019/2020 spray programs.
Looking Ahead and Ongoing work
Winter harvest should begin November / December 2019.
The Log Markets have slowed significantly and the harvest start could be delayed with numerous recent curtailment announcements.
A Total Access Plan first draft is anticipated this winter for referral and comment
Summer – Fall 2019 update
Douglas-fir Bark beetle Management and Salvage Harvest
The Douglas-fir bark beetle population is increasing due to the dry, warm winters and the forest fires of 2017 and 2018. This destructive beetle attacks and kills Douglas-fir timber and is very active on the Community Forest.
Management techniques include the trapping of beetles with pheromones and falling selected trees that attract beetles into areas where the trees can be harvested and the beetles eradicated.
Forestry crews are currently inspecting areas of Douglas-fir forest, marking trees that are attacked by the beetle. These trees will be harvested in the winter of 2019-20, reducing the spread of these beetles into adjacent trees in the summer of 2020.
It is expected that over 10,000m3 of attacked Douglas-fir timber will be harvested on the WLCF between November 2019 and March 2020.
Forest Fertilization Program
Analysis is being done to identify timber stands within the WLCF suitable for aerial fertilization. The analysis identifies stands of Douglas-fir, Spruce and Lodgepole pine that will respond with increased growth when fertilizer is applied. This increased growth will in turn produce more timber volume in a shorter time frame.
Analyses include GIS, field and helicopter recce work that will lead to aerial fertilization application on appropriate stands in the Fall of 2019.
This work is funded by the Province of British Columbia.
Community Wildfire Protection Fuel Treatments
The WLCF has received continued funding to plan, prescribe and implement Forest Fuel Reduction Treatments that will protect the communities of Williams Lake, Big Lake Ranch, and Cave Road residences near Horsefly from forest fires.
This work will include hand and mechanical treatments that will reduce forest fuels in areas adjacent to these communities. The fuels removed will include sawlogs, pulpwood and biomass destined for local and regional facilities.
When the fuels are removed, forest fire intensity will be reduced and treated areas can be included in fire and emergency management planning.
This work is funded by FESBC.
Lodgepole Pine Spacing Treatments
After harvest, lodgepole pine can regenerate naturally with densities of over 10,000 stems per hectare. There are many areas on the WLCF where these over dense stands can benefit from a thinning treatment, allowing thrifty trees to grow with better form, resulting in a more valuable product in the future.
Currently, Borland Creek Logging crews are spacing several of these areas so that the resulting stand is 3000 stems per hectare. These thinned stands are then queued for possible fertilization treatment.
This work is fully funded by the Williams Lake Community Forest
A preview of the Flatrock Overview
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Potato Mountain Overview
This overview map shows recent harvesting in the Potato Mountain / Peskwenkwinem Block of the WL Community Forest.
Where is the Williams Lake Community Forest?
This overview map shows where the Community Forest's 2 parcels are. Map designed to plot on C-sized paper (24" x 18")
Where is the Williams Lake Community Forest? Part 2
This overview map shows where the Community Forest's 2 parcels are. Map is designed to print on letter sized paper and can easily be inserted into documents or reports.