The Province is recognizing three woodlot operators for innovation and excellence in woodlot management.
Big Bull Enterprises, owned by Brian Harding and Darcy Nygaard, the Hupačasath First Nation and Bob and Dan Davidson have each been presented with the Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the north, coast and south areas, respectively. Big Bull Enterprises has also been presented with the provincial Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management.
In addition to the recognition, the three award recipients take home $2,500 for each award presented to them.
Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie, presented the recipients with their awards yesterday on behalf of Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson while at the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations’ 29th, and the Woodlot Product Development Council’s 19th annual general meetings in Prince George.
The awards are funded by the Province of British Columbia and administered by the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations. Each year, the awards recognize a woodlot licensee representing each of the coast, south and north areas, along with an overall top performer. Award winners are nominated through official submissions from their fellow woodlot operators.
Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations –
“This year’s Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management recipients are exemplary in their leadership, innovation, forest stewardship and local community involvement. Congratulations to Bob and Dan Davidson, the Hupačasath First Nation and Brian Harding and Darcy Nygaard for setting environmental and social models for all woodlot licensees to follow.”
Mark Clark, president, Federation of BC Woodlot Associations –
“Woodlot operators take pride in managing their licence areas according to high standards of forest stewardship and for the benefit of the communities around them. I’m honoured to join Minister Thomson in recognizing and congratulating those woodlot operators that have set themselves apart.”
- 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: https:// www.for.gov.bc.ca/hth/timber-tenures/woodlots/index.htm
Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations: http://www.woodlot.bc.ca