Watch first instalment of the Community of Practice Wildland Fire and Fuel online presentation series, The Anatomy of an Incident: Linkages Between Fuel Management Treatments and Operational Response Tactics.
The aim of this community of practice is to create an open forum to discuss wildland fire and fuel management, share knowledge, find solutions, and develop new ideas.
Representatives of FPBC and BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) provide updates on the regulation of the practice of professional forestry and the management of wildland fire and fuels during meetings.
Pete Laing, RFT, superintendent of fuel management, BC Wildfire Service.
In this webinar from Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC), learn about the legal requirements of renewing, information on how to change your category of registration, and tips on how to make renewing registration a breeze.
understand the requirements for renewing registration and the repercussions of not renewing;
clarify eligibility for changing your registration category;
highlight important dates for renewing registration; and
review the steps involved in renewing registration.
Chi Cejalvo, RD, FPBC deputy director, registration;
Sydney Kucera, BA.Hons, FPBC certifications lead.
Cejalvo, in partnership with the senior leadership team, oversees all FPBC admissions and registration systems. Cejalvo has been regulating forest professionals since 2019, and worked in professional regulation for nearly 10 years. Cejalvo is a regulated health professional (registered dietitian), having completed a bachelor of science in dietetics at UBC, as well as a dietetic internship at Regina General Hospital in Saskatchewan.
Kucera served as the registration coordinator since joining the FPBC three years ago, after graduating from Western University with an Honours Specialization in Geography, and is now the certifications lead.
September 6, 2023
Mastering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Reporting
Learn how to efficiently report your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) learning activities and stay on top of obligations to maintain your professional credentials.
The FPBC webinar Mastering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Reporting, is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and tools to excel in recording CPD.
Every practising RPF and RFT registrant must undertake and report, to FPBC, 30 hours of CPD between December 1 and November 30 each year. This requirement stems from the Professional Governance Act and FPBC Bylaw 10.
All CPD activities must be tracked and reported using the CPD Reporting Tool. The tool allows registrants to keep a record of hours spent in CPD activities/endeavours and allows registrants to reflect on and document the effectiveness of each learning activity.
Troy V. Lee, FPBC manager of member competence and engagement.
July 13, 2023
Protecting the Public Interest: The FPBC Complaints and Investigation Process
This webinar explains the role of the FPBC Investigation Committee and disciplinary actions that could be taken against a registrant. You will also learn the difference between a consent order, reprimand, and remedial action by consent, as well as alternative complaints resolution methods and discipline hearings.
Casey Macaulay, MA, RPF;
Daniel Marcoux, RPF, CRSP.
Macaulay oversees programs for admission of new registrants and also manages the complaints and discipline process, including enforcement of FPBC’s bylaws under the Professional Governance Act (PGA). Macaulay worked in the private forestry sector for 15 years prior to joining FPBC. His experience also includes co-managing forest tenures with Indigenous communities, forest operations planning, and stakeholder engagement.
Marcoux worked in the logging industry as a machine operator and faller for about a decade. He graduated from UBC with a degree in forest resource management in 1998, then in 2006 joined WorkSafeBC. He worked there for 10 years as investigations officer in the fatal and serious injuries investigation department, including six years as an occupational safety officer in the prevention department.
June 19, 2023
Leaving Professional Practice — The Retired Registrant
Leaving professional practice is a major milestone in the career of forest professionals. The occasion is an important personal action, and also a professional undertaking that requires planning, the profession’s processes, and an understanding of what comes next. Professionals are meant to leave the privilege of professional service in a similar way to which they entered it – with public affirmation and commitment.
Leaving Professional Practice — The Retired Registrant is a new webinar from Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC).
Mike Larock, RPF, FPBC director of practice
Casey Macaulay, MA, RPF, FPBC registrar.
Larock develops and communicates professional standards, competence standards, and provides FPBC responses on professional practice matters. Before joining FPBC, Larock served on the organization’s board first as an elected member, then as chair in 2001.
Larock has practised professional forestry as a silvicuturalist and is a woodlot licensee and private forest landowner.
Macaulay oversees programs for admission of new registrants and also manages the complaints and discipline process, including enforcement of FPBC’s bylaws under the Professional Governance Act (PGA). Macaulay worked in the private forestry sector for 15 years prior to joining FPBC. His experience also includes co-managing forest tenures with Aboriginal communities, forest operations planning, and stakeholder engagement.
June 14, 2023
Winch-Assist: Making Steep Slope Harvesting in BC Safer and Productive
Winch-Assist: Making Steep Slope Harvesting in BC Safer and Productive focuses on the history of the development and implementation of winch assist harvesting systems in BC. This FPBC webinar also covers planning, development, and operational processes.
After attending, participants will:
understand winch-assist harvesting systems history;
understand steep slope safe work regulations and processes;
understand the planning, development and operational steps to implement a winch-assist operation.
Audience: Forest professionals working in harvest operations and OHS.
This resource outlines the key regulatory requirements when operating logging equipment on steep slopes. It includes the specific requirements for steep slope logging as well as some of the requirements for all workplaces that are most relevant for this type of forestry operation.
Practice areas: Forest harvest operations management and oversight.
May 10, 2023
Partnering in Natural Resource Management Research and Education: The John Prince Research Forest Story
Hear the story of an enduring 30-year partnership in natural resource management, research, and education between Tl’azt’en Nation and the University of Northern British Columbia.
This Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC) webinar discusses the evolution of the First Nation and university partnership and elements that served to strengthen it, the development of Tl’azt’en’s wildlife monitoring program and some of its findings as they apply to forest management planning, and the establishment of a long-term climate change adaptive silviculture trial featuring various levels of partial cutting.
You will also learn about the John Prince Research Forest (JPRF) long-term wildlife monitoring program and some of findings that provide guidance in incorporating biodiversity objectives in forest management planning, as well as the development of the climate-change adaptive silviculture trial, including considerations for prescriptions and implementation that can inform its own silviculture programs.
Lunch & Learn Webinar: FPBC AGM Questions Follow-Up responds to many of the unanswered questions received during the Forest Professionals BC (FPBC) Annual General Meeting on February 9 in Prince George.
More than 150 questions were received during the AGM, which you can watch on our Youtube channel.
Christine Gelowitz, FPBC CEO;
Nathan Doidge, FPBC director of finance and administration; and
Casey Macaulay, FPBC registrar and director of act compliance.
March 16, 2023
Webinar: Biogeoclimatic Zone Updates (South Interior)
This FPBC webinar identifies results for the Forest and Range Practices Act’s (FRPA) water quality objective, as well as its provincial water quality assessment methodology to identify and rank significant sediment sources and methodologies for its management.
Dave Maloney, P.Ag, forest water management officer, BC Ministry of Forests;
Brian Carson, P.Geo, professional geoscientist, under contract with the Ministry of Forests; and
Clayton Gillies, RPF (Ret), RPBio (Ret), senior researcher at FPInnovations.
June 7, 2022
Transitioning to Forest Landscape Planning and Alignment with DRIPA
This webinar, presented by FPBC and the Ministry of Forests, explains the new Forest Landscape Planning (FLP) framework and how it aligns with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA).
This FPBC webinar provides an overview of the role of forests in the carbon cycle, and reviews forest carbon dynamics as affected by forest management, conservation and changing natural disturbance regimes in BC, as well as opportunities to increase forest resilience to climate change impacts.
Dr. Werner Kurz, senior research scientist, Natural Resources Canada.
This webinar focuses on the practice guidance contained in Professional Services in the Forest Sector: Crossings, Version 3, which was revised by a task force of members of the EGBC/FPBC Joint Practices Panel and published in December 2021.
Stuart Nash, P.Eng, manager, individual audits and practice reviews, EGBC;
Mike Larock, RPF, director of practice, FPBC;
Lee Deslauriers, P.Eng, RPF, principal and managing engineer, StoneCroft Engineering Ltd.
The webinar examines the meaning of forest resilience, covers the various ways that forest management and silviculture decisions can alter forest resilience, and presents operational examples of how stands can be managed to increase resilience to specific disturbances.
Dr. Che Elkin, an associate professor and the FRBC-Slocan Mixedwood Ecology and Management Research Chair at UNBC.
December 8, 2021
Stay in Your Lane: Understanding Reserved Practice and the New Practice of Professional Forestry
A discussion about the new Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct resulting from the Professional Governance Act and the new FPBC bylaws, specifically covering forest stewardship, the duty to report, and your requirement to identify practice areas.
Mike Larock, RPF, FPBC director of professional practice and forest stewardship;
Paul Nuttall, RPF, FPBC deputy director forest stewardship and engagement.
June 16, 2021
Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct: Part 2, Standards 5-9
Changes contained in the new FPBC bylaws and how they affect FPBC operations and your practice: Bylaw 5: Registration; Bylaw 6: Technical Occupations, Certifications Schemes and Licences; Bylaw 7: Trainees; Bylaw 8: Use of Professional Seal and Signature.
Mike Larock, RPF — FPBC director of professional practice and forest stewardship;
Casey Macaulay, RPF, FPBC registrar and director of act compliance.
This session from the 2021 FPBC forestry conference examines the use of aerial LiDAR scanning from the perspective of the forest professional, highlighting key products generated, how to get them, and how to use them on a day-to-day basis.
Colin Chisholm, RPF, assistant forest manager, Aleza Lake Research Forest, University of Northern British Columbia
February 5, 2021
A Necessary Integration for Wildfire Resilience Success: Wildfire Response and the Practice of Professional Forestry
This presentation from the 2021 FPBC forestry conference explores why integrating wildfire response and the practice of professional forestry should be considered a critical step towards shaping a wildfire resilient BC.
Kelly Johnston, RPF, President, Wildland Professional Solutions, Inc
February 5, 2021
An Introduction to the Guidelines for Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Crossings (Version 3) – What You Need to Know as a Forest Professional
This session from the 2021 FPBC forestry conference reviews what’s new in crossings guidance and discusses the responsibilities of the Coordinating Registered Professional (CRP) and Professional of Record (POR), use of hydrology and hydraulics during the design process, climate change considerations, requirements of General Arrangement Drawings, skill sets required of CRPs and PORs for simple and complex crossings, and assurance statements for construction and transferring responsibility between CRPs.
Lee Deslauriers, RPF, P.Eng, principal and managing engineer, StoneCroft Engineering Ltd.
February 5, 2021
Forest Landscape Planning: Transforming How We Manage BC’s Forests
From the 2021 FPBC forestry conference: Inspired by advances in technology, forestry managers are integrating machine learning platforms and high resolution remote sensing data to work more efficiently and effectively.
Steve Milne, RPF, owner, Cabin Forestry Services Ltd.;
Aubin Dorion, GIS specialist, TerraSense; and
Kyle Broome, RPF, partner, Cabin Resources Management, and director, TerraSense.
February 5, 2021
Q&A: Modernizing Forestry Remote Sensing: Applying Remote Sensing and Machine Learning for Forest Management
This webinar by FPBC and EGBC indicates what the guidelines do and who they apply to, sets out the structure and scope of them, and discusses what is new with respect to the relative roles of forest professionals and specialists in assessing and managing risk.
Glynnis Marie Horel, P.Eng., FEC — G.M. Horel Engineering Ltd.
Jamie Skinner, RPF — Tolko Industries Ltd.
Mike Larock, RPF — FPBC director of practice
Stuart Nash, P.Eng. — Manager, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
July 27, 2020
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Making the Declaration Law in Canada for Forestry Professionals
Topic: Forest policy, timber and forest land evaluation, forest ecosystem assessment.
A panel discussion from the FPBC 2020 forestry conference. Traditional methods of forest valuation focus on timber extraction and wood resource utilization, with examples including saw logs, pulp logs, and biomass. This session will highlight alternative means for valuation of natural resources outside of the traditional methods, with a focus on economics and natural resources, paying specific attention to the terms ecosystem services and natural capital within the context of forest management and the implications to the working forests.
Vic Adamowicz, PhD, vice dean, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta; distinguished university professor, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta;
Emanuel Machado, chief administrative officer, Town of Gibsons; and
Michelle Molnar, technical director, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative.
January 12, 2020
Integrating Fire Behavior Principles When Prescribing Fuel Treatment