Dungate Community Forest gives back

In the story ‘Dungate Community Forest gives back’,an overview of the company’s mission, structure, and allocation of funds was described.

This was the first load of logs that was brought into the mill from the Dungate Community Forest years ago.

This was the first load of logs that was brought into the mill from the Dungate Community Forest years ago.

In the story ‘Dungate Community Forest gives back to the Houston community’ published in the Houston Today Oct. 19 issue,an overview of the company’s mission, structure, and allocation of funds was described. Dungate Community Forest (DCF)reinvests 100 per cent back into the community through the distribution of its funds into three pools.

Straight revenue for the district, economic development, and community grants are the basis of these three pools.

The community grant is an open standing application that anyone can access from DCF.

“It’s fairly open. The only limitation is that it has to be a benefit to the residents of Houston,” commented Doug McRae, board member.

In 2015 DCF donated $17,000 to various applicants such as the Houston Ringette Association, International Women’s Day,Wrestling Nationals, Topley cemetery board, Houston Link to Learning, Morice Mountain Ski Club, Houston Hikers Society, Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre, Houston Public Library, Houston Community Services, Houston Christian SchoolScholarship and to Topley 4-H.

So far this year DCF has donated $43,700 in grants which was distributed between Pleasant Valley Properties, InternationalWomen’s Day, Northern Barrel Blitz, Highway of Hope, Houston Figure Skating Club, Houston Link to Learning, HoustonRetirement Housing, Morice Mountain Ski Club, Northern Emergency Support Services Training, Silverthorne Elementary SwimProgram, Safe Grad 2016, Houston Hiker’s Society, Houston Group to Support Syrian Refugees, A Rocha Canada, PleasantValley Horse Club, Royal Canadian Legion, Houston Curling Club, Topley Fire Protection Society, Houston Volunteer FireDepartment, B.V. Child Development Centre, B.V. District 4H, and the B.V. Soccer Society.

“Our total funding amounts have increased, due to higher revenues realized from our increased harvesting to salvage the dead pine beetle areas,” said McRae.

To apply for a grant email dungatecomfor@houston.ca or address mail to Box 1481, Houston B.C. V0J 1Z0.