2018 PFLA Conference and AGM

We are looking forward to our 23rd Annual Field Tour, Conference and AGM.

This year we’ll be at the beautiful Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville on June 7-June 9, 2018.

Save the date! And stay tuned for more details…


Highlights from the 2017 Conference

A big thanks to everyone who joined us in Cowichan Bay at the beautiful OceanFront Suites, for PFLA’s annual field tour, conference and AGM on June 7th and 8th, 2017. About 25 large and small private forest land owners from throughout BC met in Cowichan Bay for the annual conference and AGM.

The event offered attendees an opportunity 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

PFLA members enjoyed an informative field tour, with stops at the TimberWest South Island Logistics Facility, the BC Forest Discovery Centre, and the Mesachie Lake Forest Research Facility.

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:

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.”