PFLA’s 2017 Annual Conference and AGM

June 7th and 8th
Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay
Cowichan Bay, B.C.

Why You Should Attend

We’re pumped to host our 22nd annual field tour, conference and AGM, June 7th and 8th in beautiful Cowichan Bay, BC. The strength of the association lies in forest owners working together—large and small, coast and interior. We hope you will join us for another event chock-full of interesting and relevant information, along with opportunities to:

• Network with other forest owners
• Stay abreast of important policy developments
• See inspiring hands-on examples of innovative forest stewardship
• Provide important feedback to help guide the association
• Be part of a great group of people working together on common goals

Event Details

Field Tour: Wednesday June 7, 2017

> Includes a buffet breakfast, lunch and all transportation for the day.

Forestry Forum and AGM: Thursday June 8, 2017

> Includes presentations, continental breakfast, refreshments, pastries and buffet lunch.


Complete registration and event details for the 2017 PFLA Conference and AGM are available here.

Please direct any questions to:
Ina Shah, Office Manager
Phone: 250-642-0617


OceanFront Suites at Cowichan Bay is the venue for this year’s conference. To book your accommodations, please call the hotel at 1-800-663-7898.

The Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay is situated at the entrance of the bay, and each room has a tranquil waterfront view. PFLA conference participants can take advantage of a special room rate of $175.99 per night up until May 7th. Please book your room as soon as possible to ensure availability.

Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay
1681 Cowichan Bay Road Cowichan Bay, BC
Tel: 1-800-663-7898 or 250-715-1000



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Highlights from the 2016 Conference

A big thanks to everyone who joined us at Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River, June 1st and 2nd, for our 21st annual conference. We’re vibrating with gratitude for all the good people, presenters, tour hosts and organizers who made this year’s event possible.

An enthusiastic PFLA round of applause goes to Steve Lackey for all his hard work putting together this year’s field tour. A lot of effort goes into planning tour stops and organizing presenters. Without Steve we’d still be sitting on a bus wondering what happens next.

An equally enthusiastic shout-out of appreciation goes to TimbeWest staff — Dave Lindsay, Molly Hudson, Chris Cole, Shawn McLennan and Bill Grutzmacher — for the significant contributions they made to this year’s tour.

We also owe a debt of gratitude to Phred the bus driver who shuttled us around safely for another year in a row. Last but not least, jazz hands of thanks go to Ina Shah for her thoughtful attention to detail, and organizing prowess, in bringing this event together.

We included some highlights from the field tour and updates from the conference on the PFLA blog with more to come:

2016 Update from the Managed Forest Council

Learning About Northern Goshawks with TimberWest

2016 Managed Forest Update from BC Assessment

3 Reasons Drone Technology is Good for Forest Management

Photos! on the PFLA Facebook page

Thanks again to everyone for your keen participation and involvement. We’re inspired to be a part of such a diverse group of forest owners who can find common ground and work together on common goals.

Highlights from the 2015 Conference and AGM

An arm-pumping, shoulder-slapping handshake of thanks to everyone who joined us June 3rd and 4th, 2015 for our 20th annual tour, conference and AGM in Courtenay. Good weather, fantastic people, engaging content and lots of baked goods made for another great event.

The strength of the association lies in forest owners working together – large and small, coast and interior. Thanks to all the participants, presenters and tour hosts who joined us to celebrate 20 years of working together to promote responsible forest stewardship.

We’ve posted a few highlights from the conference on the blog (see links below). Please stay tuned for field tour highlights to come

BC Assessment & Managed Forest Land

Managed Forest Council Update for 2015

Celebrating BC’s Private Forest Stewards

How to Manage Douglas-fir Bark Beetle and Root Rot

Timber Marketing and Merchandising — A Demonstration

Sylvan Vale Nursery: From Seed to 8 Million Seedlings

You can also visit PFLA’s Facebook page to see a bunch of photos from the field tour, conference and banquet reception.

What participants are saying about the 2014 AGM

A huge thanks to everyone who joined us at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and Conference Centre in Parksville, June 4th and 5th, 2014 for PFLA’s 19th annual private forestry conference, field tour and AGM. You can find highlights from the field tour posted on the PFLA blog.

Here’s what one participant had to say about that event:

“I have to say that today’s line up of speakers kept me thoroughly engaged and entertained. I left with lots of great ‘takeaways’ and I feel like it was a great investment in time as a private forest owner.

As individual business owners we are often so busy with day to day management that we don’t take the necessary time to stay abreast of new opportunities, innovations and just some time to think strategically and laterally. I feel the conference provided me with all of this.

The networking with fellow forest owners was, as always, enjoyable and beneficial. I will be immediately taking some of what I learned today and will be applying it to our business and forests to help in risk management and hopefully add to our bottom line. Already looking forward to next year.”