Tree Frog Forestry News

Fourteen forest professionals honoured for outstanding work in research and caring for BC’s forests

By Dean Pelkey
Association of BC Forest Professionals
February 14, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

(Vancouver)—The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) presented awards to 14 forest professionals who made significant contributions to the profession and study of forestry, ensuring BC’s forests are managed to the highest environmental standards. The awards were presented February 7 in Kamloops during a ceremony at the ABCFP’s annual conference. 

“These awards recognize the many years of dedication and the work of this group of forest professionals in caring for BC’s forests,” said ABCFP president Morgan Kennah, RPF.  “They are important because nominations come from other forest professionals, so to be recognized for your work by your peers is extremely gratifying.”

This year, three forest professionals received the Distinguished Forest Professional award, which recognizes outstanding contribution to the profession and furthering the association’s principles.

The winners are: Bob Craven, RPF, from Campbell River, Carman Smith, RPF(Ret), from Barriere, and Bill Waugh, RPF,  from Bowser.

Other award winners are: John Pousette, RPF, Prince George – Professional Forester of the Year; and Jim Mclean, RFT, Lone Bute – Forest Technologist of the Year.

The Climate Change Innovator Award was presented to eight professionals who worked on the provincial climate-based seed transfer policy, a response designed to ensure that seed deployed matches current climate, and the climate anticipated over the next one third of a rotation. The winners are: Brian Barber, RPF, Leslie McAuley, RFT, Diane Nicholls, RPF, Greg O’Neill, PhD, RPF, Jim Snetsinger, RPF, Margot Spence, RPF, Jack Woods, RPF, and Susan Zedel, P.Ag.


Bronwen Beedle, RPF(Ret), of Campbell River, and Jamie Skinner, RPF, from Kamloops won the Jim Rodney Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award for their  volunteer work with the ABCFP and within their communities. Rick Chester, a natural resource instructor at BCIT was made an Honorary Member of the ABCFP for his many years of volunteer work with ABCFP education committees.


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The Association of BC Forest Professionals is responsible for regulating BC’s 5,400 forest professionals. It is the largest professional forestry association in Canada.

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