A man with strong forestry ties to the Burns Lake area is being recognized by the Province.
Cliff Manning of Guyishton Woodlot Ltd. has been given the Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the North Area.
“Woodlot licensees make an important contribution to advancing forest management practices around our province,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests.
“Congratulations to the Guyishton Woodlot for its achievement as we celebrate the importance of innovation in promoting the full value of our forests.”
Woodlot licensees are small-scale forest managers who strive to take a hands-on approach to natural resource management.
In addition, the minister of forests recognizes three licensees that exemplify excellence in woodlot management each year.
According to the government, Manning exceeded wildfire-prevention obligations in the management of his woodlot taking on several projects.
This includes using an excavator to rake up debris for removal, working toward a modified stocking standard to reduce the spacing between new trees, and increasing the number of deciduous trees in the woodlot.
“Cliff has been a dedicated director on the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations board numerous times since he became a woodlot licensee. As president, he provided leadership during the challenging years when the mountain pine beetle epidemic began,” said Mark Clark, president, Federation of BC Woodlot Associations. “I congratulate him for his dedication to forest stewardship.”
Manning was integral to including a diversity of species into the stocking standards of woodlots in the Burns Lake area.
He also experimented by planting Siberian larch, cedar, hemlock, and Douglas fir in woodlots.