Board membership change announced

VICTORIA – Tim Ryan, chair of the Forest Practices Board, has issued the following statement upon the announcement of the Cabinet appointment of new board member Norma Wilson by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson today:

“The board is pleased to welcome Norma Wilson to our organization. She brings a welcome new voice to the table and we all look forward to working with her.”

A professional geologist currently working on a PhD in recreation planning at the University of British Columbia, Wilson brings, among other things, a public-interest perspective to the board.

Formerly, Wilson was executive director of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC; a lay councillor with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals; a member of the McGregor Model Forest (Prince George); and the B.C. chair of the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices and appropriateness of government enforcement on public lands, investigates public complaints and current forestry issues, participates in administrative appeals and makes recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

For further information contact:

Darlene Oman
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4705 / 1 800 994-5899

June 12, 2014