Webinar Recordings

See below for recordings of selected FPBC webinar workshops. We’ve also assembled some tools and resources to help improve your learning.

  • June 27, 2024

    Wildland Fire and Fuel Community of Practice: Joint Working Group Update Webinar

    Video | Presentation slides

    The latest webinar from the Wildland Fire and Fuel Community of Practice is an update on the Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC)–BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) Joint Working Group.

    This Wildland Fire and Fuel Community of Practice: Joint Working Group Update webinar examines four key projects and deliverables of the joint working group: rearticulated fire practice areas; Wildland Fire and Fuel Management Guidelines (May 2024); the development of standards and competencies for wildland fire resiliency and risk reduction; and, the peer review process for service and recommendation on wildland fire risk reduction.

    Presenter(s):

    • Garnet Mierau, RPF, FPBC director of practice; and
    • Tara Bergeson, RPF, MSc, FPBC deputy director, competence and practice

    Mierau has practised professional forestry at a provincial scale since 2003, serving in an executive capacity with the Consulting Foresters of BC, then most recently with Forsite Consultants. Mierau is also past-chair of the FPBC Board and previously served three years on FPBC’s Discipline Committee. Mierau was recently the Kamloops-North Thompson regional co-ordinator for the National Forest Week-BC Coalition as well.

    Bergeson is the deputy director, competence and practice with FPBC. She previously worked in urban forestry, wildfire and silviculture, and currently supports regulator facilitation of the FPBC-BCWS Joint Working Group.

    Laing has more than 30 years of prevention, preparedness, and wildfire response experience, and is a Certified Type 1 incident commander, operations section chief, liaison, and Type 2 prescribed burn boss.

  • May 28, 2024

    2024 Forest Act Amendments: Cutting Permit and Road Permit Discretion

    Video | Presentation slides

    The FPBC webinar 2024 Forest Act Amendments: Cutting Permit and Road Permit Discretion covers the amendments that came into effect on April 1. The amendments required the minister to consider the impacts of harvesting, road construction/maintenance, and use on the management and conservation of forest and cultural heritage resources, as well as the health and safety of the public. The new provisions allow the minister to deny cutting or road permits, or issue them with or without conditions.

    Presenter:

    Kevin Kilpatrick, RPF, senior tenures forester, Forest Tenures Branch, Ministry of Forests.

    Kilpatrick has worked for the branch since 2010 and is the provincial lead responsible for authorizations, including cutting and road permits, and licences to cut.

  • May 16, 2024

    Wetland Identification and Delineation

    Video | Presentation slides

    Evaluation results from the Ministry of Forest’s Forest and Range Evaluation Program (FREP) have shown that riparian management could be improved if wetlands were more accurately identified and mapped.

    Wetland Identification and Delineation is a webinar from Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC) that introduces the various tools available to identify potential locations of wetlands and the field indicators that can be used to confirm their boundary to support appropriate classification and management. Although the focus is on forestry, the information is relevant to any professional seeking to sharpen their skills at wetland delineation.

    Presenter(s):

    • Lisa Nordin, MSc, RPBio, PAg;
    • Erin Rutherford, MSc, RPBio; and
    • Neil Fletcher, MSc.

    Nordin is an aquatic ecologist with applied experience conducting effectiveness evaluations and habitat assessments in both the interior and coastal regions of BC. She is currently the riparian value lead for the FREP at the ministry, and uses the data collected from around the province to report out on the functioning condition of aquatic resources.

    Rutherford is a biologist with a background in wetland assessment, wetland restoration, wildlife biology, and environmental monitoring. Based on the South Coast of BC, Erin is the ecosystem services manger for Inlailawatash, leading a team of restoration practitioners on a range of wetland, estuary, and stream assessment and restoration projects. Rutherford has completed a MSc on wetland restoration and wildlife use of restored ecosystems and has been working with the FREP program for several years.

    Fletcher is director of the Conservation Stewardship Department for the BC Wildlife Federation. Fletcher’s department oversees the Wetlands Education Program that trains individuals how to identify, map, and conserve wetlands. Fletcher is the primary author of the FREP’s protocol for evaluating the health of wetlands and leads a team on the advancement of new conservation tools as well as site level stream and wetland restoration projects.

  • April 18, 2024

    Fire Hazard Assessment and Abatement – Roadmap for the Future

    Video | Presentation slides | (Q&A session responses coming soon)

    Fire Hazard Assessment and Abatement – Roadmap for the Future is a webinar from the Wildland Fire and Fuel Community of Practice.

    The Wildfire Act and regulation provide prescriptive statutory obligations for people that create fire hazards resulting from their industrial activity. Qualified holders operate under the professional reliance model and must ensure they apply appropriate due diligence standards to their fire hazard assessment and abatement (FHAA) policy and operations — and that they operate within scope.

    The Forest Practices Board (FPB) has completed a special investigation, audits, and other works related to FHAA, with mixed findings related to results, understanding of FHAA obligations and legislative intent/interpretation. This webinar will focus on providing clarity, describing governments strategic the roadmap moving forward, and how FHAA links into wildfire resiliency and forest landscape planning.

    Presenter(s):

    • Pete Laing, RFT, superintendent, fuel management, BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).

    Laing has more than 30 years of prevention, preparedness, and wildfire response experience, and is a Certified Type 1 incident commander, operations section chief, liaison, and Type 2 prescribed burn boss.

  • March 21, 2024

    Building a Prescribed Burn Culture in the Modern Era

    Video | PDF slides | other documents

    Building a Prescribed Burn Culture in the Modern Era is a webinar from the the Wildland Fire and Fuel Community of Practice.

    Large-scale mitigation efforts are needed to address the escalation of severe wildfires across BC’s landscape. The use of controlled burning at the landscape level is one way to protect communities, cultural values, and resource values.

    The webinar Building a Prescribed Burn Culture in the Modern Era discusses the operational considerations of applying and expanding the use of controlled fire, and address current barriers to implementation.

    Presenter(s):

    • Andre Chalabi, BE, planning officer, cultural and prescribed fire;
    • Fons Raedschelders, senior wildfire officer–prevention, Southeast Fire Centre; and
    • Colleen Ross, RPF, wildland fire ecologist.

    Chalabi has worked for the BC Wildfire Service for 18 years, and as its cultural and prescribed fire planning officer since April 2023. As a certified Type 1 burn boss, ignition specialist and operations section chief, Chalabi is proficient in how and when to use fire as a tool for both wildfire response and hazard mitigation.

    Raedschelders has been involved in wildfire and forestry operations for 20 years and has been working as the senior wildfire officer managing the prevention program in the Southeast Fire Centre for the past six years. His prevention program oversees the legal and legislative aspects of wildfire, the prescribed fire and fuels management programs, FireSmart program, hazard abatement, as well as the operational aspects of fire management plans and forest landscape planning.

    Ross is a wildland fire Ecologist with a master’s degree in fire ecology.

  • March 14, 2024

    Wildfire-mediated Forest Type Conversion in Northwestern North America

    YouTube Video | PDF slides | related links

    Wildfire-mediated forest type conversion in northwestern North America is the latest webinar from Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC).

    Recent post-fire tree regeneration failures and the resulting shifts in vegetation communities after fire have contributed to a growing concern that forest resilience to wildfire is increasingly unstable in northwestern North America. Increasing area burned, leading to large areas with high tree mortality and shortening fire-free intervals, alongside harsh, warm, and dry post-fire conditions for seedling establishment seem to have created conditions that promote a reduction of conifer reestablishment.

    In some ecosystems where alternative seed sources from faster-growing trees (e.g., aspen, birch, or Jack pine) are available, burned forests may transition to a persistent alternate composition. In others, the result has been a complete forest regeneration failure and forest loss. Although seedling establishment can continue for decades after a fire in some regions, the occurrence of these events appears to be increasing, with important implications for the future of forests in northwestern North America.

    Presenter(s):

    Ellen Whitman, PhD.

    Whitman holds a doctorate in forest biology and management from the University of Alberta, where her work focused on fire ecology, with an emphasis on remote sensing of ecological fire effects, and understanding post-fire recovery in the northwestern boreal forest. Currently, she is a forest fire research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service at the Northern Forestry Centre in Edmonton, AB. Her recent research scope includes conducting dendrochronology analysis of historical wildfires, studying climate change impacts on fire regimes and forests. Ellen conducts collaborative research with land managers and Indigenous peoples, and is currently engaged in studies that involve First Nations as partners in knowledge production.

  • January 11, 2024

    FRPA Improvement Initiative: 2023 Updates on Regulatory Changes to Bill 21

    YouTube Video | PDF slides | related links

    This webinar from Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC) provides an overview of regulatory changes brought in last year and how they affect activities governed by the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA).

    As part of an improvement initiative, the provincial government introduced changes in 2019 to FRPA with Bill 21: Forest and Range Practices Amendment Act. The changes were a response to a broad engagement campaign with the public, industry, and other interested parties. They are designed to align FRPA with new environmental and socio-economic challenges.

    Presenter(s):

    • Julius Huhs, RPF, RFT;
    • Sean Muise, RPF;
    • Aaren Ritchie-Bonar, RPF.

    All three presenters are with the Sustainable Forest Management team in the Forest Science, Planning and Practices Branch at the Office of the Chief Forester.

  • January 11, 2024

    The Evolution of WUI and Urban Forest Management: and Where We Go From Here

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    The Evolution of WUI and Urban Forest Management: and Where We Go From Here is the latest instalment in the Community of Practice Wildland Fire and Fuel presentation series.

    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 Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC) and BCWS provide updates on the regulation of the practice of professional forestry and the management of wildland fire and fuels during meetings.

    Presenter(s):

    • Tara Bergeson, RPF, MSc., urban forestry supervisor with the City of Kelowna.

    Bergeson previously worked in silviculture and wildfire, and currently sits on the FPBC–BC Wildfire Service Joint Working Group.

  • December 12, 2023

    Wildfire Resiliency Planning and Risk Reduction Within Wildland Urban Interfaces

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    Watch the second instalment of the Wildland Fire and Fuel online presentation series, Wildfire Resiliency Planning and Risk Reduction Within Wildland Urban Interfaces.

    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 BCWS provide updates on the regulation of the practice of professional forestry and the management of wildland fire and fuels during meetings.

    Presenter(s):

    • First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) and British Columbia Wildfire Service (BCWS).
  • December 6, 2023

    The Mother Tree Project: Dispatches From the Field

    YouTube Video | PDF slides (coming soon)

    In this webinar from Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC), learn about ‘Mother trees’ and mycorrhizal fungal networks.

    Learning outcomes:
    • partial cutting effects on regeneration, biodiversity and carbon pools;
    • overstory retention effects on assisted migration;
    • science-based recommendations for forest practices in a changing climate.

    Presenter(s):

    • Dr. Suzanne Simard, RPF

    Simard is a professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at UBC and leader of The Mother Tree Project.

  • November 2, 2023

    Anatomy of an Incident — Linkages Between Fuel Management Treatments and Operational Response Tactics

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    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.

    Presenter(s):

    Pete Laing, RFT, superintendent of fuel management, BC Wildfire Service.

  • September 14, 2023

    Registration Renewal — 2023 What You Need to Know

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    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.

    Learning outcomes:

    • 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.

    Presenter(s):

    • 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 Reporting

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    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.

    Presenter(s):

    Troy V. Lee, FPBC manager of member competence and engagement.

  • July 13, 2023

    Protecting the Public Interest: The FPBC Complaints and Investigation Process

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    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.

    Presenter(s):

    • 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

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    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 webinar from Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC).

    Presenter(s):

    • Mike Larock, RPF, former 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

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    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.

    Presenter(s):

    • Ryan Potter, RPF, Tolko;
    • John Ligtenberg, RPF, WorksafeBC; and
    • Darcy Moshenko, RPF, WorksafeBC.

    Additional resource(s): Steep Slope Logging Regulations, from WorksafeBC.

    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

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    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.

    Audience: Forestry professionals.

    Presenter(s):

    Sue Grainger, RPF.

  • March 23, 2023

    Lunch & Learn Webinar: FPBC AGM Questions Follow-Up

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    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.

    Presenters:

    • 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)

    YouTube Video | PDF slides (coming soon)

    This webinar aimed at forest professionals working in and around the southern Interior.

    Presenters:

    • Deb MacKillop, RPF, research ecologist, Ministry of Forests, Nelson;
    • and Kristi Iverson, RPBio.
  • March 8, 2023

    Migratory Birds Convention Act and Regulations 2022

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    Migratory Birds Convention Act and Regulations 2022 is presented by FPBC and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service.

    The 90-minute webinar covers the recently updated migratory birds regulations and general guidance on avoiding harm to migratory birds, and features a question-and-answer session.

    Presenters:

    • Chloe Boynton; and
    • Jesse Russell.

    Boynton is a migratory bird biologist and has worked with the Canadian Wildlife Service in BC for more than four years.

    Russell works with the Canadian Wildlife Service as a compliance promotion co-ordinator, with a focus on the Migratory Bird Convention Act and its regulations.

  • January 18, 2023

    Early Career Forest Professionals: Stories from the Field

    YouTube Video

    This joint webinar from the FPBC and Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) explores the challenges faced by early career forest professionals practising in BC.

    Presenters:

    • Denise Kerr, RPF
    • Dominique Baily, RFT
    • Garnet Mierau, RPF
  • November 16, 2022

    Introduction to Sediment Evaluation and Management

    YouTube Video | PDF slides

    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.

    Presenters:

    • 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

    YouTube Video | Powerpoint slides

    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).

    Presenters:

    • Julius Huhs, RPF, Office of the Chief Forester;
    • Barry Snowdon, RPF, Office of the Chief Forester.
  • May 18, 2022

    Sustainable Forest Management Contributions

    YouTube Video | Powerpoint slides

    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.

    Presenters:

    • Dr. Werner Kurz, senior research scientist, Natural Resources Canada.
  • April 20, 2022

    Understanding Changes to the Forest Act and FRPA

    YouTube video | Powerpoint slides

    Learn about changes to the Forest Act and Forest and Range Practices Act in this webinar from FPBC.

    Presenters:

    • Kevin Kilpatrick, RPF, senior tenures forester, Forest Tenures Branch, Ministry of Forests;
    • Barry Bryan, compensation advisor, Compensation and Business Analysis Branch, Ministry of Forests; and
    • Wayne Hagel, RFT, resource roads policy analysis, Engineering Branch, Ministry of Forests.
  • March 29, 2022

    Joint Guidelines: Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Crossings, Version 3.

    YouTube video | Powerpoint slides

    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.

    Presenters:

    • 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.
  • March 23, 2022

    Learn & Report: A CPD Reporting Tool Tutorial

    YouTube videoPowerpoint slides

    This FPBC webinar demonstrates how to enter learning activities into the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Reporting Tool.

    Presenters:

    • Troy Lee, BSc.F., MA, FPBC manager of member competence and engagement;
    • Paul Nuttall, RPF, FPBC deputy director of forest stewardship and engagement.
  • March 9, 2022

    Managing for forest resilience as a method for promoting forest sustainability & value

    YouTube video | Powerpoint slides

    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.

    Presenters:

    • Dr. Che Elkin, an associate professor and the FRBC-Slocan Mixedwood Ecology and Management Research Chair at UNBC.