Forestry operations this fall have moved from the Brenda Mines area south of Highway 97C to the Hidden Creek area. We also are doing some selective and small patch cutting in Upper Glenrosa, one objective being to reduce the wildfire hazard adjacent to the community. We are also in the process of pursuing Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC). Our Gap Analysis will occur this December. FSC is the most stringent certification scheme in the world and our certification will be the first in the Okanagan.
We are presently looking at the opportunity to start a small sawmill operation. We are only at the feasibility stage and hope to make a decision on moving forward early in the new year.
We plan to hire up to three summer students in 2019. These are field oriented positions and if you are a student and interested in working in the forest, please let us know.
This year we planted over 600,000 seedlings this spring and another 100,000 trees this fall. We plant every hectare that we harvest and target 1, 400 seedlings per hectare. We plant a mixture of Douglas-fir, Lodgepole Pine, Ponderosa Pine, spruce, and larch.
We plan to space approximately 50 hectares of forest this fall. In some areas, seedlings naturally reforest areas in such numbers that it makes these areas very difficult for the trees to grow, for wildlife to use and as well represents a significant wildfire hazard.
Contact Dave Gill, RPF at firstname.lastname@example.org