The Province is recognizing Ron and Doug Fuller for innovation and excellence in woodlot management, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today.
The Fullers received a total of $5,000 for two of the Minister's Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management: one for the Coast area and another for the Province overall. The brothers operate two woodlots with a combined area of 1,230 hectares near Hammil Lake, just east of Powell River.
The awards recognize the Fuller family’s 30-year commitment to forest stewardship in the region and acknowledge the work they have done to support innovation and professional development in the industry.
Ron and Doug Fuller’s father, Garry Fuller, was awarded the family's first woodlot licence in 1986. While the woodlots support a variety of commercial and recreational uses, the brothers specialize in cedar and fir pole production, and wood for custom log homes, as well as firewood and float logs.
The Fullers received their award at the Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations annual general meeting in West Kelowna. The awards are funded by the Province of British Columbia and administered by the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations. This year, the awards recognize a woodlot licensee representing each of the Coast and South areas, along with an overall top performer.
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson ─
“Ron and Doug Fuller have led the way in building a viable, thriving business without compromising forest stewardship values. For 30 years, the Fuller family has been a positive force in Powell River – and in the woodlot community throughout the province. Congratulations to Ron and Doug and all award recipients. We appreciate your industry leadership and value your long-term commitment to the woodlot program.”
President, Federation of BC Woodlot Associations Mark Clark ─
“The federation is very pleased to join with Minister Thomson in recognizing Ron and Doug Fuller for their commitment to woodlot excellence and innovation. From the quality of forest management they practise to the contributions they make to B.C.’s Woodlot Licence program as a whole, they are well-deserving of this recognition. On behalf of the federation and all its members, congratulations!”
- Woodlot licences are small, area-based tenures managed by individuals, groups or First Nations.
- British Columbia has over 860 active woodlots. Each woodlot generates jobs in planning, harvesting, road construction and maintenance, reforestation, silviculture and small-scale timber processing.
- Woodlots generate $200 million of economic activity for the province every year.
B.C. Woodlot Licence program:
Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations: http://www.woodlot.bc.ca