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Old-growth forests review panel members

In summer 2019, the provincial government appointed Garry Merkel and Al Gorley to engage with Indigenous Nations, industry, stakeholders and communities on old-growth management.

Merkel is a member of the Tahltan Nation in northwest British Columbia. He is a registered professional forester with over 45 years of experience in the field, management, academic, research and community aspects of forest and land management. He has also worked in many fields, some of which include organizational development, community development, business development and management, governance, community-based land management and education.

Gorley is a professional forester with 45 years of experience in both government and consulting work. He has served as president of the Professional Foresters Association and as board chair for Northwest Community College. From 2004 to 2007, he served as president of the McGregor Model Forest and was a founding director of the Canadian Model Forest Network. He is a board member of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and is a past member of the Forest Appeals Commission and Environmental Appeals Board. He was chair of B.C.’s Forest Practices Board from 2010 to 2013.