Local woodlot licensee takes award

Rock Creek woodlot licensee George Delisle has received the Minister’s Award of Excellence for Woodlot Management.

Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater (left) and George Delisle (right).

Woodlot licensee George Delisle has received the Minister’s Award of Excellence for Woodlot Management.

Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater made the announcement on Aug. 14 at a presentation on behalf of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson.

“George’s hard work and commitment to protect the forest and its surroundings is outstanding,” explained Thomson.

“Whether reducing forest fuels to minimize the risk of wildfire or protecting local wildlife by maintaining wildlife trees, his achievements are worth celebrating.”

“George is clearly committed to education and continuous improvement in forest management,” said Slater.

“Through his careful management and hands-on approach I have no doubt George’s woodlot will be a resounding success for many years to come.”

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 by Saturday, December 31, 2011.

– Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations