Forest Practices Board welcomes new member

VICTORIA – Bruce Fraser, chair of the Forest Practices Board, issued the following statement upon the cabinet appointment of new board member R.A. (Al) Gorley, announced by Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell today:

“On behalf of board members and staff at the Forest Practices Board, we are pleased to welcome Al Gorley to our organization. Al brings an extensive knowledge of forestry-related issues to the table, and will make a significant contribution to our work. Al’s diverse background in government, as well as his consulting work in the natural resources sector, will bring a valuable perspective to the board’s deliberations.”

“However, while welcoming Al, we also bid a fond farewell to outgoing board member Guenter Stahl, who has been with the board since 2004. Guenter’s understanding of the role of a senior manager in the forest service has provided unique insight into field operations. His experience with development of the Forest Practices Code, and its later transition to the Forest and Range Practices Act, provided us with an understanding of the origin and history of the board. He will be missed.”

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 on public lands.
  • Audits appropriateness of government enforcement.
  • Investigates public complaints.
  • Undertakes special investigations of current forestry issues.
  • Participates in administrative appeals.
  • Makes recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.


Helen Davies

Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 356-1586 / 1 800 994-5899

November 12, 2009