Community Collaborates on Public Access

Community Collaborates on Public Access
PFLA Optimistic for Constructive Dialogue

NANAIMO, BC, February 23, 2018 – The Private Forest Landowners Association (PFLA) is pleased to join government and community representatives today for a discussion on recreational access to private forest lands. The Port Alberni meeting, organised by MLA Scott Fraser, promises a solutions-focused roundtable designed to surface creative approaches to the issue of private forest land access.

“As private forest land owners, our members make significant investments to acquire and manage their property,” said PFLA Interim Executive Director, Sue Handel. “PFLA members are committed to public and worker safety, wildfire prevention, and protection of the environment and their investment. We are interested in opportunities to partner with responsible users who respect the land base as much as we do.”

PFLA-member companies offer public access opportunities through a number of mechanisms, including access agreements with organized groups, dedicated recreational areas, and seasonal opportunities for hunters. The PFLA looks forward to considering new approaches to public access that result from the Port Alberni meeting.

Notes To Editor
A PFLA Fact Sheet on ‘Access’ is available online at

About The Private Forest Landowners Association
Established in 1995, the Private Forest Landowners Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the responsible stewardship of B.C.’s private forest lands. Passionate about sustainable forest practices, PFLA members strive to balance environmental values, community interests and economic realities.

Sue Handel, Interim Executive Director
Private Forest Landowners Association
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PFLA Announces Appointment of Megan Hanacek as CEO

Chief Executive Officer Appointment
PFLA Announces Appointment of Megan Hanacek as CEO

The Private Forest Landowners Association (PFLA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Megan Hanacek as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2018.

Megan has a Bachelor of Science, Biology from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in Natural Resource Technology from BCIT. She is a Registered Professional Forester and a Registered Professional Biologist.

Megan comes to the PFLA from her position as Forest Stewardship Specialist for the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals, and previously was Managing Director, Board Director and Vice President of the Association of Professional Biology of B.C.

Megan has extensive experience in education, training, advocacy, public policy development, and operational implementation of forest and ecosystem management throughout B.C. and western North America.

Megan currently resides in Port McNeill with her husband and two children. Her base of operations will be the Nanaimo area.