CHRISTINA LAKE - Woodlot licensee George Delisle has received the Minister's Award of Excellence for Woodlot Management, Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater announced at a presentation on behalf of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson.
Delisle has managed a woodlot near Rock Creek since 1984, and is well known for educating local residents about the benefits woodlots bring to the local economy.
Delisle is the Southern Interior award winner and receives $2,500 for excellence in woodlot management and timber growth through innovative silviculture treatments, research application, and close monitoring of growing conditions.
Three regional awards are given for excellence in woodlot management - one for the Southern Interior, one for the Northern Interior and one for the Coast.
Quadra Island woodlot owner Grant Hayden was announced as the award winner for the Coast.
Burns Lake-area woodlot co-managers Alistair Schroff and Earl Ingram have been named winners for the Northern Interior.
Finalists were evaluated by a team with representation from the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations and the ministry.
Nominations for the 2011 awards are due Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.
- Woodlot licences are small, area-based tenures that combine private land with up to 800 hectares of Crown land on the Coast and 1,200 hectares in the Interior, and are managed by individuals, groups or First Nations.
- Woodlots are replaceable tenures, usually awarded for an initial term of 20 years.
- British Columbia has about 860 active woodlots.
- Each woodlot generates jobs in planning, harvesting, road construction and maintenance, reforestation, silviculture and small-scale timber processing.
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations