Month: March 2021

Talisker Resources Ltd. Sponsorship of the Bralorne Pioneer Gold Mine Map Project

Talisker Resources Ltd. has agreed to transfer ownership of the Bralorne Gold Mines maps that date back to the very early stages of exploration in the area and in addition sponsor the work of cataloguing all the maps developed by Bralorne Gold Mines.
Bralorne Gold Mines understands the historic value of these maps and their importance within the community. “We are very excited to work with you on this project! Bralorne Gold Mines is also happy to hear you have received the $2000 donation that is to be put towards this endeavor.” Says Kaitlin James,

Bralorne Gold Mines will transfer the ownership of the map collection to the Bralorne Pioneer Museum, pending the completion of map cataloguing by their geological team. Bralorne Gold Mines will also complete digital copying prior to all maps being transferred. In addition, Bralorne Gold Mines is committed to supplying the Bralorne Pioneer Museum with a digital copy of all maps in the collection that are being transferred.

In the interim, The Bralorne Pioneer Museum will develop a plan to determine how to catalogue, conserve, archive and store the maps. The permanent exhibit and storage of these maps will be part of the restoration of the Bralorne Pioneer Mines Office building.

The Bralorne Pioneer Museum will use the initial $2,000 donation from Talisker Resources and lever it to access other funding that will permit the cataloguing and conservation, estimated to provide employment for at least one summer.

“This is a real historic and valuable project for the Bridge River Valley and the Province of British Columbia,” says Sue Girling, Vice Chair, Heritage Committee. “Bralorne Gold Mines was a provincial and national economic driver for decades. These maps hold significant heritage value for future generations to understand how the richest gold deposits in North America were developed and mined right in this area.”

The Heritage Committee and the Bralorne Pioneer Museum would like to thank Talisker Resources Ltd for recognizing the importance of this valuable heritage asset and supporting the work that needs to be done to conserve this irreplaceable collection.

BPMO Funding Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the Bridge River Valley Community Association was successful in its request for funding for the Bralorne Pioneer Mines Office Building project from the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) Unique Heritage Infrastructure stream. The BRVCA will receive $300,000 in funding for the project which will see the conservation of the building and the adaptive reuse by the Bralorne Pioneer Museum.  The Bralorne Pioneer Mines Office Building was built in 1938-1939.  This project will eventually result in space for the Bralorne Pioneer Museum along with some ancillary uses such as the laundromat, a small coffee and gift shop, office space and residential suites.

This announcement is part of BC’s $10 billion COVID response, which includes the Stronger BC for Everyone recovery plan —a plan that protects people’s health and livelihoods while supporting businesses and communities —and the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP). “We could not be happier to have this recognition and support from the Province,” says Paul Gravett, executive director of Heritage BC. “Through this funding program, the Province not only provided the largest one-time infusion of funds into the heritage sector, but it also recognized the importance and potential of heritage infrastructure and its place in our province’s economic picture.”

“Funding heritage and cultural projects throughout British Columbia is vital for communities and their well being. It allows them to remain connected to their past and it helps to support their cultural organizations” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “This funding also helps communities recover from the pandemic with investments in programs that benefit the whole community.”

“The Bralorne Pioneer Mines Office building conservation and adaptive reuse project was a great fit for this program”, says Pat Dahle, BRVCA President. “The program is designed to fit our needs as a very small community with a very significant and distinctive history both in provincially and nationally.  While we will still need to find additional funding as well as continue to hone in on the fine details of the conservation work, this is a huge step towards moving this project forward and to completion.”

As one member of BRVCA wrote us upon hearing of the funding award, “Thank you one and all, this is fabulous news . I hope you all know how many people so appreciate all that you have done and do for the community, and restoration you are doing to preserve my  childhood for one, but the history of one of the greatest place on earth to live. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.I will be 80 this year and I still have many pictures for you, but most of are my memories, of the best life I could have ever had growing up in Bralorne during its prime years.”

This project directly supports downtown businesses, tourist attractions and local visitors.  The society believes that getting the museum open in the Bralorne Pioneer Mines Office Building to the public will significantly assist the economic development of Bralorne and the area.  It is the intention to employ and contract with as many local or close to local folks as possible as this is another important piece of the project, to create employment in the area.  The BRVCA will continue to provide as much information and updates as possible as well as touching bases with the community as input is needed on some of the various aspects of the project.

Heritage BC says “The awarded projects show us the strong local connections of our history and heritage. CERIP has shown us the great need for this type of funding and it has shown us that people need their heritage,” says Britney Dack, chair of Heritage BC’s board of directors. “It is part of our daily lives. It is part of communities and our stories”.  The Bridge River Valley Community Association and the Bralorne Pioneer Museum couldn’t agree more!  We extend our heartfelt thanks to all our community partners who have supported this project with their expertise, their volunteer time,  letters of support, memberships and cash donations and other forms of monetary support.  We especially want to thank all of the staff and volunteers who have made the Bralorne Pioneer Museum a successful long term community project since it was founded in 1977.

Tree Planting Program

Reference: 260847

Feb. 2, 2021

The Provincial Tree Planting Program and COVID-19 Protocols

Dear Mayor / Chief and Council

It was my intent to reach out to the municipalities, indigenous communities, forest licensees and the planting contract community prior to the start of the 2021 planting season. The past year has been filled with new and challenging business processes focused on keeping workers and communities safe as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the province. As you’ll remember, last spring’s planting season began as our knowledge of the pandemic started to unfold, and through an unprecedented season of collaboration by all sectors, we successfully planted over 300 million trees with close to 6000 tree planters and without a single confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus in our workforce.

The combination of Public Health Office orders and operating guidelines, along with the forest sector working collaboratively with government and local communities, was paramount in helping make the 2020 planting season successful The forestry sector is currently preparing for the 2021 tree planting season again, to ensure community and worker safety with respect to COVID-19. Forest activities, including tree planting, continue to be designated an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an important part of the provincial economy and for environmental sustainability, every year the forest sector in BC engages in Canada’s largest tree planting program to ensure that areas harvested or destroyed by insects and wildfire are replanted. The 2021 planting season will be equally significant to last year, with about 300 million seedlings scheduled to be planted.

The 2021 planting program will begin on BC’s coast at the end of February and in the interior in about mid-April. Learning from our experiences last year, the forest sector response and safe delivery of the 2020 tree planting program, preparations began last fall and will continue through the tree planting season to ensure that the safety of our workers and the surrounding communities are our highest priority.

For the 2021 tree planting season our goals are once again to:

Prevent the transmission of any potential infection from the silviculture workers to communities around the province; and
Ensure that the planters are kept safe and healthy so they can complete another planting season successfully.

Keep municipalities and indigenous community leaders informed of the planting as it moves with the spring openings.
To ensure that we can achieve our goals, as we did in 2020, please be aware of the following:

Those working in the silviculture industry in the north of the province must follow the requirements of the new Provincial Health Officer (PHO) order, Resource Sector Worksites and Industrial Camps in the Region of the Northern Health Authority published as of January 12, 2021, https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc- s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho- order-industrial-camps-northern-health.pdf while the rest of the province is required to follow the pre-existing order Industrial Camps – July2, 2020. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of- the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/archived- docs/pho_order_industrial_camps_april_23_2020.pdf All workers will be required to follow the PHO orders as they are amended to address changing conditions.
Along with PHO orders, there are a number of guidance documents available to the planting contractors, both from the Ministry of Health and the Western Forestry Contractors Association (WFCA).
A key success factor in 2020, which will continue for 2021, is the commitment for government and industry to align and collaborate on delivery of the planting program. A critical piece of that commitment includes frequent and clear communication.
An essential part of that commitment to communication is to identify and resolve issues both within the planting programs and also, most importantly, to provide information to communities about what is happening as the tree planting season progresses. As with all good communication, it will also provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and provide details about local issues.

Outreach and communication will begin over the next few weeks as we approach the planting season in your area.

I have asked the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development District Managers to be the point of contact for tree planting information for communities following on the success and effectiveness of the role they played in 2020.

In the interim, if you have specific questions please direct them to Shane Berg, Deputy Chief Forester at Shane.Berg@gov.bc.ca. With your assistance, I am confident we will accomplish similar successes in 2021.

Yours truly,

Diane Nicholls, RPF ADM, Chief Forester Office of the Chief Forester

Expression of Interest – Haylmore Centre Island Project

The Haylmore Heritage Site is seeking a contractor or volunteer to assist with the restoration of the centre island at the Haylmore site. The project can also be completed by a contractor with sub contractors, or volunteers in a combined manner. Contractors that do not carry Worksafe or commercial liability will fall under that of BRVCA.
The centre island is approximately 30-foot-by-30-foot and tasks include:

  • Levelling the top of the centre Island
  • Clearing and preparing for establishing a lawn on top of the island
  • Preparing a hole for a new flagpole – approximately 4’ deep and 16” diameter (maybe bigger?)
  • Concrete work and installation of flagpole
  • Seeding grass on top of the Island once the flagpole is in place

The project can be started once the ground is ready to work, but the timing of some tasks will depend on the coordination of the flagpole order and delivery.
This project is managed by the BRVCA Heritage Committee.
Please, contact us at worktodo@bridgerivervalley.ca if you are interested in this project.