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About the Toolkit

OBAC Transition ToolkitThe Community Transition Preparedness Project was undertaken through a partnership involving OBAC, the Community Development Institute (CDI) at UNBC, and the Community Transition Branch of the BC Ministry of Community Services. The project includes the areas and communities covered by OBAC within the Fraser-Fort George Regional District and the Bulkley-Nechako Regional Districts. In terms of population, the 2006 census recorded a population of 101,881 for the Fraser-Fort George Regional District, and 44,147 for the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District. This area is the most significantly impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

There are three pieces to the OBAC Community Transition Preparedness Project. First, an inventory of services and networks in communities was completed to assess their ‘readiness’ to emerge with transition processes. The second involves reviewing this gap analysis with OBAC communities. The final piece entails refining the economic transition toolkit that the CDI designed to help rural and small town places prepare for challenges and change.


In the spring of 2008 a research team visited communities around the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC) region to conduct a gap analysis of networks as part of the OBAC Community Transition Preparedness Project. Communities that were visited included: Mackenzie, McBride, Valemount, Fort St. James, Smithers, Telkwa, Houston, Granisle, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, and Prince George. We wish to thank all of the community groups, business members, service providers, policy makers, and municipal staff who took the time to help out and to answer our many questions.

Special thanks to members of the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition who helped to provide input and feedback on the project. This includes Elizabeth Andersen and Herb Langin. We also wish to thank Sarah Fraser with the provincial government’s Community Transition Branch.

On our research team, we wish to thank Michelle White and Petter Jacobsen for their assistance in conducting survey work and entering data. We also wish to thank Ashley Kearns for her assistance in editing this report, as well as Chelan Hoffman who created the data collection tools.

Funding for this project came from OBAC and the BC Ministry of Community Development, Community Transition Branch.


Greg Halseth
Geography Program
University of Northern BC
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Prince George, BC
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The Regional District of Bulkley Nechako The Omineca Beetle Action Coalition UNBC Community Development Institute The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George