SISCO logoThis being election season, foresters and forestry contractors want to know where politicians stand on forestry funding and policy heading into the vote. Two of the province’s Silviculture Committees and the Canadian Institute of Forestry are asking stakeholders to submit their questions so they can be raised in a public town hall forum in Kamloops at the Thompson River University campus 6 March 2013.

I’m writing to invite you to participate in a momentous event of interest to our community — a town hall forum for our May 2013 BC Provincial election candidates, on the most important forest industry issues of the day.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Coastal Silviculture Committee, the Southern Interior Silviculture Committee, and the Canadian Institute of Forestry / Institut Forestier du Canada.

The forum format is a question period with Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun as moderator, at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops on Wednesday, March 6th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

The forum will start with three questions pre-determined by the host committee; this will be followed by an open question period that will rotate between Major Forestry Stakeholders (you!), Students, and the General Audience. Each candidate will have the opportunity to tell us their party’s policies on the issues embodied in the questions.

We invite you at this time to begin to craft your own questions to pose at the forum. The three questions prepared by the host committee are attached here for your reference as you prepare others that will augment them.

A registration package was sent out in mid-January. There is no registration fee, but attendance is by registration only (in order for us to plan on room capacity etc). You will also be able to submit your questions along with your registration, so that we can plan for their inclusion in the forum.

Please support this important endeavour sponsored by established forestry associations in our community. Your participation is critical to the efficacy of this event.

Sincere Regards,

Coastal Silviculture Committee, Southern Interior Silviculture Committee, Canadian Institute of Forestry / Institut Forestier du Canada