This file contains the material from the
"What's New" file before Dec 31, 2012
Moving the new donkey to the Parsons'
Some Photos in the Gallery:

Our new Donkey

  One possible storage location could be north of our original train loop, backed in from the parking lot that Dan cleared for Fall Fair. This would make it a logging display for the “forestry train” ride; yet be “hidden” enough out of the way from imposing itself on the farmers market

Rudi van Zwaaij and Ken Gordon tightened the cables on the shovel; cut off the excess cable; and pruned the surrounding trees.

Richard Parker has been working on a set of replacement interpretive signs that Rudi prepared.

Rudi is making plans for a brush cutting work party on the trail; date TBA

The widely circulated blog-email with classic photos “Before Chainsaws – logging monster trees” can be seen here:

City of Powell River officials are investigating the possibility of relocating Powell River Historical Museum and Archives to the former Catalyst Paper Corporation Engineering-administration building in the  Townsite. The PR Peak story published Nov 21 can be read here.

A combination of the PR Forestry Museum building with a re-located City Museum would have staff savings plus a 12-month exposure of the museum artifacts. However, we'd lose a wonderful current location.

Vice Pres Rudi van Zwaaij will lead the PRFMS participation in any discussions that arise; and Secretary Peter Sansburn will be a valuable resource with his connections to the Townsite HS and PR Museum.  Views of members are welcome; please direct them to Rudi.

We had a good meeting Oct 30 at the WFP office with 16 active members attending: Dave Florence, Pres; Rudi van Zwaaij, VicePres; Peter Sansburn, Secretary; Chet Fee Treasurer; Dan Parsons, Railway Director; Hans Maurer, Director; Sharon Taylor, Lead Museum Attendant ; and members Lynda Parsons, Art Mebs, Cathy and Bob McLean; Bob Johnson, Phil Kemp, Doug Lott, Mike Lister and Stephen James.   Oct 30 minutes here

Five members showed up Saturday Nov 10 to clear ditches. Thanks to Phil Kemp for the photos.
On November 1, 2012, Treasurer Chet Fee met with and photographed our "Patron of the Year", Robert G. Lacey,  who donated $3,000 this year to the PR Forestry Museum. Robert is enjoying his retirement from BC Hydro in Powell River, and is a regular walker of the Willingdon Beach Trail. more photos here.

Robert's funds will go towards trail projects for next year such as re-surfacing the north end of the trail between the steam donkey and haul road; painting some artefacts; and installing the Steam Hammer.

updated sponsor list here


A team winterized the Forestry Museum Friday Oct 26. Thanks to Hans Maurer, Mike Lister, Doug Lott, Chet Fee and Dave Florence

Valley Building Supplies has increased its sponsorship to the Gold level by donating all material except the siding for our Railway shed. (Siding provided by Lois Lumber). Valley is our regular source for building supplies and will remain so in the future. more on the shed here

An update on the Englewood Railway of WFP. For more lick here.




 In July 2012 we were offered a large bull block by the Behan family, which we stored at Don Carto's place. We installed it Oct 20, 2012 next to the Steam Donkey.

A plaque "in memory of Merlin "Jiggs" Behan is attached to the Bull Block.

We also  lifted the Steam Hammer to begin planning for a restoration to begin in 2013.Thanks to Dave and Phil for photos.

More on the work party click here


We finally got the Bucket installed on the Shovel along the Willingdon Beach Trail Oct 20 at a rainy work party attended by Rudi van Zwaaij, Dan Parsons, Don Carto, Jim Gamble, Stephen James, Hans Maurer, Chet Fee, Phil Kemp, and Dave Florence.

More on the work party click here


The BCForest Service Centenary Society has completed work on a project to digitize over 85 historical BCFS films and videos as part of their 100th anniversary. Blake Fougere from the local Forestry office sent along a .pdf that links to the videos

    Log barge dump this fall at Stillwater WFP log sort.

Photo thanks to Brent Parker via Rudi van Zwaaij.

Album version

  WFP Raffle Donation
Marlene Crilly of Western Forest Products presents Dave Florence, President of the Forestry Museum Society with $1,262, the proceeds of the truckload of firewood raffled off at the Fall Fair. Our thanks go out to WFP and all the citizens who supported us though the raffle
Fall Fair

Over1100 riders on the weekend

More here


Thanks to Ron Nassichuk for a $200 donation to the Miniature Railway project



Our newest Gold Sponsor is BC Fallers Ltd., a Powell River-based company that provides account management for Independent Contract Fallers working in all areas of BC.

See the total list of our sponsors here


Lois Lumber recently donated some yellow cedar for our ties and other work requiring quality wood.

Winner Lisa Kubany of WFP Stillwater Forest Operations with Dave Florence, President PRFMS

2012  Winner of the raffle drawn Aug 31 is Lisa Kubany of Powell River. She won Debra Bevaart's "Neptune's Private Eyes", a life-size harbour seal pup's head as it is seen above water; carved in soapstone from India.

(Debra on the right)


More photos here


  Field Trip Aug 18/19

We had a great field trip to Vancouver Island.

Eight  members and spouses attended.

More photos of the trip here.

 Video clips below and here



  Read English sent along some photos taken of the Japanese Shake-bolt operation between Horseshoe and Dodd Lakes. Thanks Read!!

More photos of the Bolt camp as it is today here

200 kids of all ages rode the train Aug 6  4:30 - dusk as part of the "Mid-Summer's Night Feast"

More train news here



Online Donations now possible!! For those comfortable  using a credit card online, we accept financial donations through "Donate Now", a Canadian charity that collects the funds and transfers the funds to our bank account; then sends a printable receipt by email to the donor. We pay a 3.9% fee for this service, which covers the credit card or interac fee; and the receipt administration. That comes to $0.98 on a $25 donation; well worth it to us because mailing a receipt would cost us almost that much for just the stamp.  For larger donations, (say,  $100+) a cheque would be preferable to save the administrative fee. Note that in using this service you print the email receipt yourself. You can direct your donation to the Museum/Archives, Trail or Railway, or General. unless you wish it to be anonymous, your donation will be recognised on our current sponsors page. Your receipt will be issued by email immediately for you to print.

For those not comfortable with online credit card use,  Peter Sansburn, our secretary, keeps the administration binder for the winter/spring season. He can accept membership applications, and issue receipts for donations for the Friends of the Society program. Peter is often at the Townsite Heritage Society office at Henderson House on west Walnut Street. Call to set up a suitable time: 604-483-3901


Annual draft here - 2mb file; 15mb available on request



Have a look at Rob Tremblay's website "Vanishing history" , which has some interesting ideas and photos of some of the logging artefacts to be found in the forest.

We created a Membership Page to provide information about joining the Society. Check it out here.

Next meetings at the Forestry Museum, normally 2nd Tuesdays at 7 pm; if in doubt ask by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :