I always loved the forests as a kid and started working in them at 18 – and I’m still making a good living in the forest industry 38 years later! The work has been interesting with lots of opportunity. It has been very rewarding to watch forest management practices continually advance during my career.
Most people are surprised to learn that the coastal forestry sector is so much different than what they hear in the news. For example, we are a world leader in sustainability and provide livelihoods for thousands of people up and down the coast. This is something for all of us to support.
My dad is a forester. Growing up, this meant my family’s income came from a healthy forest industry. As I grew older, I grew passionate about sustainability and the environment, which I learned directly correlates with the forestry industry. Forest management and tree planting are an integral part of what forestry is all about. This allows forests on the West Coast to thrive, while creating jobs, contributing to our communities and supporting one of BC’s most important industries.”
As a life long Vancouver Island resident I have always felt a deep attachment to our forests. I value our forests in many ways; from the natural beauty, to recreational opportunities and as an important economic driver for our province. Over the years I have seen some of my favourite recreational spots changed by logging, but I also know the forest industry provides an excellent living for many families in my community. There is a balance we can achieve between conservation and economic growth and I do believe the forest industry is on a path of sustainability to ensure our forests are a renewable resource that will benefit future generations.