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Vivian Thomas

Communications Director
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-2475


Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. directors

The inaugural Forest Enhancement Society of B.C.’s board of directors consists of:

Wayne Clogg – Clogg graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor of science degree in forestry in 1977. He worked with West Fraser from 1980 to 2012 as a field forester, woodlands manager and general manager. Since his retirement as senior vice-president of woodlands in 2012, he has been working as a consultant.

Derek Orr – Orr graduated from the business management program at the College of New Caledonia and is a certified life skills coach trainer. Chief of the McLeod Lake Indian Band, he also serves on the boards of Duz Cho Logging, Duz Cho Construction, Summit Pipeline Services, McLeod Lake Indian Band Exploration Corporation and the Aboriginal Business and Investment Council.

Jim Snetsinger – Snetsinger graduated from the University of Toronto in 1979 with a bachelor of science degree in forestry, moved to British Columbia and started working for the B.C. government in 1986. He worked in a variety of positions before being appointed the province’s chief forester in 2004. Since his retirement from that position in 2012, he has been working as a forestry consultant.

Dave Peterson – Peterson graduated from the University of Victoria with a bachelor of science degree in physical geography – Natural Resource Management in 1980 and became a registered professional forester in 1985. He worked with the Ministry of Forests until 1995, when he moved into the private sector. He returned to the ministry in 2005 and has served in a number of assistant deputy minister positions. He is currently the assistant deputy minister for the Tenures, Competitiveness and Innovation Division.

Robert Turner – Turner graduated from the University of Guelph with a master of arts degree in international development studies. He has over 20 years of international experience in humanitarian and disaster response operations, including large-scale program management in natural disaster, conflict and post-conflict environments. Prior to joining the ministry in 2015, he served as the director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip. He is currently the assistant deputy minister of the Integrated Resource Operations Division.

Provincial Strategic Threat Analysis

The 2015 Provincial Strategic Threat Analysis (Wildfire Threat Analysis), and an accompanying series of maps, were produced using geographic analysis and a wide range of data to assess various wildfire threat elements, including vegetation types, historical wildfire data, forest fuel classification, fire behaviour patterns, geography and other factors.

The maps indicate potential wildfire threats throughout the province, using a scale of 10 Fire Threat Classes (with 1 being the lowest risk and 10 being the highest risk). These 10 levels represent estimates of relative fire threats, taking into account fire occurrence history, derived fire intensity under severe fire weather conditions and the impacts of fire “spotting” (where embers are blown ahead of the main fire and start new fires).

In the wildland-urban interface – the two-kilometre buffer areas surrounding communities – about 1,347,000 hectares are considered to be high-risk.

The Wildfire Threat Analysis presents these relative wildfire threats at a provincial scale only. In an area where a high risk is indicated, a qualified professional should confirm the actual rating at the forest stand level.

The 2015 Wildfire Threat Analysis and associated maps are available online at