Congratulations to the 2015 Private Forest Stewardship Award recipients.

The 2015 Private Forest Stewardship Awards were presented at PFLA’s annual conference, field tour and AGM in Courtenay, June 3rd and 4th.

The GoudysPFLA founding members, John and Gabrielle Goudy, were presented with a stewardship award for their unwavering support, enthusiasm and dedication to the association and private forestry. Extremely knowledgeable about plants and wildlife, and passionate about their forest, the Goudys epitomize independent forest owners in coastal British Columbia. A big PFLA thanks to John and Gabrielle for all they’ve contributed to PFLA over the past 20 years.

Dave KralRod Bealing also presented TimberWest log buyer, Dave Kral (left), with a stewardship award for his contributions to private forestry over the past 42 years.

That’s right, 42 years. To learn more about Dave Kral’s story, you can read our earlier post 42 Seedlings for 42 Years or check out the video on TimberWest’s YouTube channel.

A big PFLA thanks to Dave Kral for all his hard work.

Howie Griessel One of the highlights of this year’s field tour was a trip to Howie Griessel’s woodlot for an interesting discussion of forest health issues including root rot, Douglas-fir bark beetle, thinning, post-harvest treatments and harvest regeneration sequences.

Howie (right) also went above and beyond the call of tour host duty with his detailed presentation on log prices and getting the best value from your harvest.

Also a founding PFLA member, Rod Bealing took the opportunity to present Howie with a stewardship award for his contributions to the association and his exemplary commitment to forest stewardship. Stay tuned for more on the trip to Woodlot 85.

Sylvan Vale NurseryLast, but definitely not least, twin sisters Iola Elder and Siriol Paquet (photo), of Sylvan Vale Nursery, were presented with a stewardship award for their dedicated support of private forest owners. Established by their parents, in 1980, Sylvan Vale Nursery has grown to an impressive 200,000 square feet of growing space with 46 greenhouses and an expected count of 8 million seedlings this year. A big PFLA thanks to the duo Rod Bealing describes as “twin bundles of awesomeness.”

Each year, PFLA celebrates and acknowledges specific members for their unique contributions to the overall stewardship of B.C.’s private forest lands. The annual Private Forest Stewardship Awards:

  •  Reflect PFLA’s mission to promote responsible forest stewardship on B.C.’s private forest lands
  •  Recognize forest owners and land managers for ensuring environmental stewardship
  •  Generate education and training opportunities for other forest owners and PFLA members

To be eligible for an award you must be a member of the Private Forest Landowners Association. Eligible candidates include landowners as well as the people who work with them and are selected by their peers (also PFLA members).

Nominees must demonstrate:

  • Commitment to long-term forest management
  • Respect for the principles established in the PFLA Best Management Practices and Environmental Policy
  • Awareness of the objectives of the Private Land Forest Practices Regulation
  • Recognition of sound business principles