Western Forestry Contractors’ Association Rumour Mill RoundUpDate Volume 17, Issue 18

September 15, 2017
Volume 17, Issue 18

Warning: Some of the facts expressed in this edition may pertain to the future and certain future conditions, which are unknowable and fact-free due to quantum entanglement and the universe just knowing better.

WFCA Annual Market & Business Summit set for
Kamloops 28th September

Each year before the seasonal silviculture contracting bidding and negotiating tournament begins the WFCA holds a working session of silviculture contractors, seedling producers, contract fire suppression firms and consulting foresters to look at what the short and long-term outlook is for forestry service providers. This year’s half-day session will be held on the Thompson Rivers University campus in Kamloops Thursday 28 September from 9:00 am until noon. Presenters from the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, MFLNRORD Forest Practices Branch, BC Timber Sales and, if the smoke clears enough, BC Wildfire Management will talk and answer questions on opportunities to improve contracting practices, anticipated future service demand and trends, and recent events including this year’s fire season, FESBC funding, and the longer term outlook for restoration and reforestation in B.C. The event is free but participants must pre-register at admin@ca.wfca.

Study Shows Forearm Taping Can Reduce Incidence of Common Planting Injury

Happy not to be hurting: planter showing taping to reduce risk of de Quervain’s tenosynovitis

This spring, Okanagan College and Total Physiotherapy in Houston, BC, collaborated on a field research project studying preventative strategies for a form of tendinitis that commonly affects tree planters.  Tendinitis of the thumb, termed de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, is a frequent early season tree planting injury occurring on the shovel side. Total Physiotherapy, which has become well known to planting crews due to their successful strategies in reducing various planting injuries, has successfully treated de Quervain’s through a comprehensive injury prevention program, which includes education, monitoring and support, and taping. The purpose of the research was to assess if early intervention through preventative taping at the beginning of the planting season would help reduce the incidence and impact of this painful condition. This study, funded through the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), concluded the results supported the use of prophylactic taping for tree planters to reduce the incidence of de Quervain’s. To read more on the research click here. There will be an opportunity to learn more about this study and on helping prevent this common tendinitis at the 2018 WFCA Annual Conference, Tradeshow and AGM in Kelowna 7-9 February 2018.

Forest Enhancement Society’s New Status
Raises Some Questions

Now it’s a Service Delivery Crown Corporation reporting to the Minister of MFLNRORD

Whatever unique advantage the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FES) had as an arms-length-from-government organization, that may have changed with it becoming a Crown Corporation late this summer. Forest Minister Doug Donaldson, now directly responsible for the FES, makes it appear in his recent mandate letter to its Chair Wayne Clogg that the Society is now firmly under the wing of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. FES was never that far from the Ministry for obvious reasons, given its mandate and operating world. But making its attachment to government formal as a Service Delivery Crown Corporation does raise questions now about its latitude to attract funding (mainly from the Feds) and exercise its mandate. Besides that, as an arms-length organization it enjoyed some immunity from general government budgetary practices and any changing political winds. Apparently some auditing aspects of those eccentricities, from what we can infer, led to the change. The answers we have so far is that the original $235-milliion in initial grants is safely in FES’s bank account; excepting what has been spent. Field operations for silviculture and consultants regarding delivery of the FES program will not be different. And the recent $140-million for forest restoration etc. announced in our Government’s recent budget update is in support of FES’s recently released three-year service plan. http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2017_Sept_Update/sp/pdf/agency/fesbc.pdf Nevertheless, there is obviously more to it, so we will stay tuned. Given FES’s roles in forest management and forest carbon sequestration, which have expanded in ways and at rates perhaps not originally anticipated, just how this new Crown Corporation operates is critical to our government’s goals on climate change, forest management and the forestry sector’s future.