Forest owners in B.C. are as diverse and inspiring as the forests themselves. PFLA has the privilege of representing all of them—from the large to the small, from the coastal to the interior, from the seasoned forester to the novice tree farmer.

In a recent post, you saw first-hand how some of our larger forest owners use planning, assessment and implementation tools to manage their forestry operations. Now, we’d like to introduce you to Stephen Faulkner.

A family physician by profession, Stephen manages 25 hectares of forest land in the Cowichan Valley. The land was harvested just before he purchased it in 1989. Since then, trees have been growing on his property. As the trees grow, Stephen grows more and more fond of them. He’s not so keen to log as he used to be.

It’s not that Stephen’s opposed to logging—it’s what keeps the economy going—but there are times, he believes, when trees, in certain places, have an affordance, a richness, worth more than the timber value of the logs. These days, Stephen primarily uses the land for educational, spiritual and cultural purposes.

For example, the photo above is a riparian area on Stephen’s land used by the Salish people for their ritual bathing. Members of the Cowichan band also use trees from the property for their long house initiations.

A physician by profession, Stephen also takes groups into the forest for counselling. Stephen explains, “people thrive in the forest environment—away from the distractions of modern life.”

Check out the video above to learn more. Thanks for sharing your story, Stephen!

If you have a private forestry story you’d like to tell, we’d love to hear it. Leave a comment below, give us a call or send us an email.