SLOCAN INTEGRAL FORESTRY COOPERATIVE
HELPING TO FOSTER COMMUNITY & ECOLOGICAL HEALTH
SIFCo's goal is to be a leader in Climate Change adaptation, community resiliency, ecosystem based management and economic
diversification. We use the platform of Community Forestry to think
beyond the border of our tenured lands (35000 acres) and participate
in the creation of a truly resilient bioregion and community.
We are very aware of the challenges that we are currently facing as a
human family and are actively building the foundational framework for
resilience at a bioregional scale. This includes Landscape Level
Wildfire Protection Planning using the best available science. We are
also beginning the process of empirically reconstructing the
historical range of variability in the land base to better predict
what is coming our way.
We are imagining a future where ecosystems are able to withstand
rapidly changing conditions and doing the work today to exponentially help our land base be more and more resilient. This work includes the considerations of all values associated with complex ecosystems.
SIFCo's goal is also to provide our community with the opportunity
to manage, sustain, and enjoy the benefits from local forest
resources and from the forest that surrounds us.
Keeping jobs and profits local, and supporting local entrepreneurs
with opportunities and a variety of forest-based raw materials, are
integral components of our management plan.
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The point at which crown land meets our towns and villages is known as the Wildland Urban Interface.
The ecologically sensitive management of these areas has become a primary focus of SIFCo. For a number of reasons we are witnessing a prolific build up of fuels on our forest floors. Couple this with changes in our climate and the threat of forest fire becomes very real and a great concern.
Our vision is to be pro-active in creating protective boundaries at the landscape level, known as landscape level strategic fuel breaks, so as to prevent unnecessary damage to the places where we reside if a wildfire were to occur.
To learn more please watch the video below.