Falls Brook Centre programming honours the vitality and importance of our forests and endeavours to provide solutions for long-term healthy landscapes.
Forest Restoration and Certification
The Acadian Forest Restoration Nursery continues to increase seed collection and provide planting stock of native trees and shrubs for local forest restoration initiatives. FBC land is FSC certified as part of the Woodlot Stewardship Co-op group certification. Download our brochure: Native Plant and Tree Species as Natural Water Filters to get information on why Acadian Forest Restoration is important.
Analog Forestry is a system which seeks to establish analog ecosystems with architectural structures and ecological functions similar to the original climax or sub climax vegetation. It also seeks to strengthen rural communities, socially as much as economically, through the use of species that provide commercial products. Analog forestry is a complex and holistic form of agroforestry that seeks to maintain a functioning tree-dominated ecosystem while providing marketable products that can sustain rural communities, both socially and economically.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. FSC® chain of custody (CoC) tracks FSC certified material through the production process – from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. As forest managers or owners, FSC® Certification is a way of ensuring that your careful and long-term forest management is recognized. Certification is voluntary. It involves an inspection of the forest management by an independent organization to check that it passes the internationally agreed FSC Principles and Criteria of good forest management.
The 12 km of nature trails on-site continue to be maintained and a well-loved part of our outdoor education program for schools, camps and visiting groups. In the past year, courses on bushcraft were offered, building skills and respect among the participants for basic survival in the woods.
FBC has facilitated the consideration of different options for the forest industry sector through the Crown Lands Network of New Brunswick. Download the released publication Unlocking the Economic Potential of New Brunswick Crown Lands(in English), Mise en Valeur du Potentiel Économique des Terres de la Couronne du Nouveau-Brunswick(in French).
Community Asset Mapping workshops were facilitated throughout the St. John River Valley – identifying community assets to envision opportunities for the future of communities of NB. Learn more about Community Asset Mapping or download our Facilitator’s Guide to Community Asset Mapping (in English), Un Guide sur l’Inventaire d‘Atouts (in French) to learn how to facilitate your own Community Asset Mapping workshop. If you want to host a Community Asset Mapping workshop in your community and would like us to facilitate it, please .
Community Forest Forum: Designing a Community Governance and Tenure for New Brunswick was hosted in March of 2009 to advance the case for community forestry. The objective of this event was to gather different parties involved, directly or indirectly, with forestry in N.B. and community forestry outside our province, so as to envision community forestry in N.B. To access the panelists’ presentations, newsletters (French and English), proceedings (French and English) of the working session and to learn more about Community Forestry, click here.
Community Forestry Charter and Alliance of New Brunswick were created as an outcome of the Community Forest Forum. To consult the charter, learn how you can sign on to it and be part of the Community Forestry Alliance of NB, in support of the efforts made to advance and build the case of community forestry in N.B., click here.
Falls Brook Centre hosts Forest Festivals to showcase and celebrate with the public value added forest products. Let us know if you would like to be part of the next opportunity to showcase.
We also are updating our Upper St. John River Valley Forest Goods And Services Online Directory – an online tool that allows you to find Forest Goods and Services in the Upper St. John River Valley. Showcasing business from Nackawic to Tobique First Nations that work directly within the woods, with value-added forest products, non-timber forest products, or indirectly with the forests providing tourism services, etc. Complete the registration form to include your business in the Upper St. John River Valley Forest Goods and Services Directory. Download the directory.
Internationally, we are supporting biodiversity restoration workshops in Central and Latin America. Using the framework of Analog Forestry, we are training people committed to restoring degraded lands to productive and ecologically-diverse forest ecosystems.
Learn more about Analog Forestry.
Find and browse Resources in Analog Forestry.
These reports, entitled Protecting the Planetary Life-Support System: Placing a Value on Photosynthetic Biomass and Realizing the Value of Photosynthetic Biomass: The Role of Analog Forestry, also provide valuable information on the value of our forests and their biodiversity.
Read this article from Verge Magazine on our Mangrove restoration project in Honduras.
Click on the following links to read the first issue of the International Analog Forestry Network secretariat newsletter available in both English and Spanish: IAFN Newsletter Issue no 1_english or RIFA Boletín No 1_espagnol
The Regional Model Forest Network for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC-Net), established in 2002 and headquartered at CATIE in Costa Rica, represents the largest cluster of model forests in the IMFN, with 12 sites in six countries. Visit their website at www.bosquesmodelo.net.
This presentation (in Spanish) provides an overview of the project.