A significant effort was made to engage the community, share information, and conduct a survey during the annual Burns Lake Fall Fair. Frank Varga, BLCF General Manager; Satnam Manhas, Ecotrust Canada; and Susan Mulkey, British Columbia Community Forest Association set up a booth at the fair’s entrance. Through the course of the weekend, they handed out balloons and free popcorn while sharing information about the community forest and encouraging community members to participate in a survey.
The survey was developed to learn about the following:
- the community’s level of understanding of the community forest
- ways they wanted to see the community forest engage with them
- the community’s priorities, given the impending reduction in the Allowable Annual Cut
BLCF supplied pamphlets containing information on how the community forest’s donations were distributed in the past year and its process to become Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified, the highest level of responsible forest management standards. In addition, a three-minute drone video touring the community forest played on a continuous loop.
170 surveys were filled out during the three days; 36 additional surveys were filled out online or through meetings with First Nations following the fair. The 206 surveys completed through this project are a representation of a broad profile of the community and a baseline for the future.
BLCF is pleased with the diversity of perspectives and with the number of responses. The Fall Fair was an excellent community event to link BLCF community engagement activities.
Full survey results: website_ff-survey-results