Two board members reappointed to the Forest Practices Board

VICTORIA – Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today that Dr. William B. McGill and Ralph Archibald have been reappointed to the Forest Practices Board for terms of two years each.

“Bill and Ralph’s contributions and experience have been greatly appreciated by the board,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “I am very pleased to have them continue on the board team.”

McGill, vice-chair, P. Ag., a professor of ecosystem science and management at the University of Northern B.C., has over 40 years of academic experience, including 23 years of leadership as department chair, associate dean and dean. In addition, he is a founding board member of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society, the vice chair of the Resources North Association, and vice president of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce.

Archibald, a retired biologist, has 40 years of experience in the natural resource sector, starting as a research assistant in his native Ontario before moving to B.C. in 1981 to work with the province’s environment and forest ministries. He held progressively more senior positions in both ministries before retiring as assistant deputy minister of environmental stewardship, Ministry of Environment, in 2010.

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.

More information can be obtained by contacting:

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

November 24, 2015