SUMMERLAND, B.C.: The Southern Interior Silviculture Committee (SISCO) is set to host their 2019 Fall Field Tour in the Okanagan Oct 1 – 3, 2019. The theme is Working Together: Integration and Collaboration – the Necessary Ingredients to Achieve Results in Natural Resources Management. The tour will visit sites where collaboration has been a key element in achieving desired results in forest management.

Natural resource activities have changed on the land base of British Columbia as a result of both physical (climate) and social pressures. The increase in forest fires has resulted in a renewed awareness of the importance of protecting communities and the values society deems important. The other change agents are the recognition of the need to incorporate integration and collaboration into the activities that occur on these same lands as well as the interest the general public has in ensuring the values they deem important are managed and protected.

“SISCO has organized a winter workshop and summer field tour every year for more than 30 years,” said April Anderson RPF, Administrator and Scholarship Liaison for SISCO. “These workshops and field tours provide silviculture foresters the opportunity to exchange ideas and information about current silviculture practices, issues, and research activities.”

The annual field tour is designed by a local committee to showcase their silviculture practices in different locations throughout the southern interior. “This year’s field tour, designed by Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd., the Okanagan Shuswap Forest District, and Tolko Industries provides an opportunity for forest and range resource managers to see firsthand a number of excellent projects in the Okanagan emphasizing the importance of integration and collaboration in forest management.” said Anderson.