Board membership changes announced

VICTORIA – Al Gorley, chair of the Forest Practices Board, has issued the following statement upon the announcement of Cabinet appointments by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson today:

“On behalf of board members and staff at the Forest Practices Board, we are pleased to welcome new board chair Timothy Ryan to our organization. Tim brings a wealth of forestry experience to the table, and staff and board members look forward to continuing to encourage sound management of B.C.’s forests under his leadership. We would also like to congratulate Bill McGill on his appointment to the role of vice-chair, and Ralph Archibald on his reappointment for another term. Both Bill and Ralph bring thoughtful insight to the deliberations of the board and their experience and contributions are highly valued by all of us.”

“It is with gratitude and good wishes that we bid goodbye to our outgoing vice-chair, Rachel Holt. Rachel has served on the board for seven years and her knowledge and understanding of forest ecosystems and climate-change issues in particular will be missed. Rachel’s willingness to speak her mind and her ability to cut to the heart of issues and ensure they are fully considered by the whole board has been a tremendous asset to our deliberations. We wish her well in her future endeavours.”

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.

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

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announcement of Board appointments 

December 20, 2013