Our second stop on the PFLA 2011 forest field tour: Van Isle Tree Farm where we were graciously received by the Robertson family.

With over 110 hectares of forestland, there was a lot to see.

An impressive diversity of species: copper beech planted in 1996, giant sequoia planted in 1997, redwoods, oak, arbutus, and tales of eucalyptus (over 25 varieties) attempted, but in the end, lost to father winter.


Strolling through the forest, there was plenty of time to glean knowledge as the Robertsons shared stories of land management and reforestation. Spirited conversations emerged about wild life, paint ball, burning, harvesting, firewood, trespassing, and of course, the deer – what to do about the deer?

Wrapping up this leg of the tour, Ken Robertson was presented with an award for outstanding commitment to, and demonstration of, private forest stewardship in British Columbia.

Along with a plaque, the PFLA was pleased to present Mr. Robertson with the only meaningful gift to give a guy who has over 100 hectares of land, an excavator and a passion for planting trees – 45 gallons of diesel and some hydraulic fluid.

Congratulations Ken!

Thanks again to the Robertsons – Ken, his wife Dorothy, and their two sons, Blair and Warren – for your hospitality.

Check out this video of Ken Robertson doing what he loves best: