The Forest Genetics Council is a Finalist in the category of Organizational Excellence at the Premier’s 2015 Awards Ceremony Tues Oct 27

wigmoreTimberWest’s Bevin Wigmore was present at the Victoria Conference Centre October 27 where Premier Christy Clarke handed out awards for BC Public Service Excellence.

On October 27, 2015, the Premiers Innovation and Excellence Awards ceremony was held in Victoria.  The awards showcase and celebrate outstanding BC Public Service excellence, recognizing finalists for their professionalism, dedication and innovation in making difference within B.C.  Premier Christy Clarke was on hand to recognize the finalists from around the province and present awards to the winners.

One of the finalists was the Forest Genetics Council of British Columbia (FGC), a multi-stakeholder group that includes representatives from the BC and federal governments, forest industry and universities. The FGC’s goals are to enhance the value, resilience and conservation of BC’s forests.

The FGC’s primary outputs are fast-growing and pest-resistant tree seed which boosts BC’s timber supply and economy. Since the FGC’s inception in 1998, over 1.7 billion improved seedlings have been planted in BC.

Tom Ethier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations nominated the FGC for the award in the category of ‘Organizational Excellence’ because ‘BC’s tree improvement program is one of the best in the world and is at the leading edge of developing climate change adaptation strategies.’  To watch a short video supporting the FGC nomination, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8hygpNsVOI

While the Forest Genetics Council did not win the award, Brian Barber, Director, Tree Improvement Branch of Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations commented that “….being recognized as a Provincial Finalist is a legacy we can all be proud of.”

TimberWest, is one of over 30 Forest Genetic Council partners identified in the nomination.  TimberWest has played a strong role in the FGC and in Tree Improvement programs for many years in British Columbia.  Operating the Mount Newton Seed Orchard in Saanichton, allows TimberWest to supply improved seed for reforestation of harvested areas, contributing to the sustainable forest management of its forest lands.  This unique facility produces up to 90% of the seed used in reforestation on TimberWest lands. While the orchard primarily focuses on Douglas Fir, Mount Newton also produces Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock and Western White Pine seed.  Surplus seed is also sold to other companies that do not have appropriate seed for their reforestation needs.

TimberWest’s staff continue to play important roles within the Forest Genetics Council.  Bevin Wigmore is the Manager, Tree Improvement for TimberWest and sits on the FGC’s Coastal Technical Advisory Committee. She is based at the Mount Newton Seed Orchard. Domenico Iannidinardo, VP Sustainability and Chief Forester for TimberWest is the Coastal Producers Representative and Director on the Forest Genetics Council.  He is based in the Nanaimo Regional Office.

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