NWA Questionnaire Summary - February 14th, 2009
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Nadina Woodlot Association
Burns Lake, B.C.
Summary of January 2009 Questionnaire
In order to get a perspective of the membership, a short questionnaire was sent out with the 2009 dues invoice to each woodlot licensee in the Nadina Forest District. To date, 34 questionnaires have been returned representing 39 licensees. We have 51 paid members.
The first question asked was ‘What issues should the Association be discussing at upcoming meetings?’ This question was meant to identify local issues or items of interest that could be discussed and either solved locally or taken forward to the FBCWA. The items identified were:
- Top-ups or replacements
- Excess funds in bank account
- Provide equity on AACs between new and existing licences
- What is the best thing to do for your woodlot when there is no pine left to harvest?
- Expand the existing woodlots to 1200 hectares
- Too many regulations – need more self-directed management
- Dead pine
- Chief Forester’s letter on landscape level retention as it applies to woodlots
- Current issue update and discussion
- Need larger woodlot following MPB disaster
- FBCWA safety program (CD is now available)
- Reinventories, surveys and free growing
We can use these items to help develop the meeting agendas for our scheduled meetings and decisions can be made by the membership on how they would like to go forward on individual items. Some topics may need to be addressed by composing letters to the MOFR (district manager). Others (such as reinventory) may be issues we take on in organizing training and/or developing a set of guidelines for submission (in cooperation with MOFR staff).
The second question asked was ‘What are the most important issues facing woodlot licensees at this time?’ This question was meant to raise broader issues that need to be addressed by both the local licensees and on a provincial level. The items identified were:
- Wood sales
- Low log prices
- M anaging ongoing liabilities especially silviculture (2)
- Reinventory and new AAC calculations (2)
- Lack of markets or marketing (5)
- Revenue Canada restrictions on carry-back of silviculture costs to revenue years
- Maintain current table rate
- Freedom to manage/results based
- Running out of green wood
- Log markets for damaged wood
- The future?
- Time lag in approval process
- Undercut carry-forward
- Woodlot expansion – how do we help?
- Woodlot surrender regulation – discourage this and promote transfers instead
- Trails strategy
- Ministry of Environment burning issues (new regulation)
- Stable stumpage (avoid wild fluctuations)
There is some overlap between how people perceived the two questions. The four top issues between them were marketing/local markets/alternatives, reinventory/future AACs, woodlot expansion (to existing licensees) and free growing obligations. Of these issues, two can be worked on at the local level with some training and extension
(reinventory and free growing) while the other two require more ‘political’ work with local mills, government agencies and community development organizations (marketing and expansion).
Compiled February 14, 2009
Nadina Woodlot Association