Environmental Sector

Board members representing the environmental sector, which includes non-profit environmental or conservation organizations:

 

 

 

Larry Selzer (Chair)
President and CEO, The Conservation Fund

George H. Finny, PhD
President, Bird Studies Canada

John M. Haggan III
President, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Greg Siekaniec
CEO, Ducks Unlimited Canada

 

Social Sector

Board members representing the social sector, which includes community or social interest groups such as universities, labor, family forest owners or government agencies:

Richard W. (Dick) Brinker (Secretary-Treasurer)
Dean Emeritus, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Dr. Skeet (A.G.) Burris
Family forest landowner

Steven W. Koehn
Director/State Forester
Maryland Forest Service

Bob Matters
Chair, United Steelworkers Union of Canada Wood Council

 

 

 

Mark Rodgers, PhD, CEC, RODP

Chief Operating Officer
Affiliates Services of Habitat for Humanity Canada

 

 

Charles Tattersall (Tat) Smith, Jr.

Former Dean and Professor
Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto

 

Economic Sector

Board members representing the economic sector, which includes the forest, paper and wood products industry or other for-profit forest ownership or management entities:

 

Craig Blair (Vice Chair)
President and CEO, Resource Management Service LLC

Anne Giardini
President, Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd.

Robert A. (Bob) Luoto (Immediate Past Chair)
Representing independent Professional Loggers and the American Loggers Council

Daniel P. Christensen
Chief Executive Officer, Hancock Natural Resource Group, and President, Hancock Timber Resource Group

Jim Hannan
CEO and President, Georgia-Pacific

 

 

David Walkem
Chief of the Cooks Ferry Indian Band, Merrit, British Columbia, and President Stuwix Resources Joint Venture

 


Craig Blair

(Vice Chair)
Craig Blair is President and CEO of Resource Management Service LLC (www.resourcemgt.com), a privately held timberland investment firm serving pension funds, endowments, foundations and family offices.

Blair assumed the role in October 2010, and has direct responsibility for the company's investments and operating businesses in the United States, Australia, Brazil, China and New Zealand. He is Chair of the company's Board of Managers and Investment Committee, leading an experienced team of forestry and financial professionals that manage a global timberland portfolio of over $4.5 billion.

Over a 29-year career, Blair has held a variety of positions at RMS and with the forest products industry, with experience in resource planning, forest management and wood procurement.

Blair holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a Master of Forestry degree in Forest Business from Mississippi State University.

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Richard W. (Dick) Brinker

(Secretary-Treasurer)
Dr. Richard W. (Dick) Brinker is Dean Emeritus, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University. Dr. Brinker was Dean and Professor in the school from 1998 until his retirement in 2011. During this time, it became one of the most highly regarded and productive natural resource programs in the southern region of the United States.

From 1988 to 1998, Dr. Brinker held a joint extension and teaching appointment at Auburn, and was involved in coordinating extension education activities for professional loggers, foresters, and landowners. More than 2,700 logging contractors have completed a five-day Professional Logging Manager Course he began in 1992. He also taught undergraduate courses in Forest Surveying, Timber Harvesting and Geographic Information Systems, and continues to teach Forest Surveying at the Forestry Summer Practicum.

Dr. Brinker served as Auburn University’s Timber Harvesting Specialist for 10 years before his appointment as Dean. He has worked in forest industry for 12 years, with experience in land management, wood procurement, timber harvesting, and lumber mill management.

From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Brinker was a member of the SFI External Review Panel, an independent group of 18 distinguished volunteer experts who advise the SFI Inc. Board of Directors on ways to improve the SFI program. He chaired the panel for two years.

Dr. Brinker has a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from Louisiana State University, an MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in forestry from Louisiana State University. A registered forester in Alabama and Mississippi, he is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of American Foresters (SAF), Forest Products Society, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and Council on Forest Engineering.

Dr. Brinker is a member of the Alabama Foresters Hall of Fame, and has won a number of awards, including Fellow, 2001 – Society of American Foresters; Technology Transfer and Extension Award, 2001 – Society of American Foresters; Extension Forester of the Year, 1997 – Forest Landowners Association, and Outreach Award for Excellence, 1997 - Auburn University.

He is the Past Chair of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters; Past Chair and Historian for the Alabama Division, SAF; Past Chair of the War Eagle Chapter, SAF; and Past Chair of the Southeastern Section of the Forest Products Society. Brinker has served on the Board of Directors, Forest Landowners Association, and is Past-Chair of the Forestry Research Advisory Committee that provides recommendations of federal forestry research to the USDA Secretary of Agriculture. He is a Colonel (Ret.) in the U.S. Army Reserve, with 30 years of service.

 

  • Member of the Alabama Foresters Hall of Fame
  • Fellow, Society of American Foresters (2001)
  • Technology Transfer and Extension Award, Society of American Foresters (2001)
  • Extension Forester of the Year, Forest Landowners Association (1997)
  • Outreach Award for Excellence, Auburn University (1997)

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Dr. Skeet (A.G.) Burris

Dr. Skeet (A.G.) Burris is an orthodontist in South Carolina whose family owns 2700-acre/1,092-hectare Cypress Bay Plantation in Hampton County. Burris and his family bought an abandoned farm in 1986, and turned it into a model for tree farmers, adding more lands over time as well as leasing 700 acres/283 hectares and managing them for wildlife such as white-tailed deer, wild turkey and common bobwhite.

Burris has worked with organizations such as Quail Unlimited, the Quality Deer Management Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the South Carolina Waterfowl Association, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Clemson University's Extension Service to improve wildlife habitat on the farm, making it a popular hunting location.

He has won many national, state and local conservation and forestry awards, including Private Conservationist of the Year (2001), Forest Landowner of the Year (2001), National Outstanding Tree Farmer (2000), Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Forestry Award (1999), and Rural Sportsman's Stewardship Farm of the Year for Big Game Management (1999).

Burris served as member of the Sustainable Forestry Board (predecessor of the SFI Board of Directors) from 2000 to 2003, and is currently Commissioner for the South Carolina Forestry Commission. He also served on a number of forestry, business and professional associations including National Tree Farm, the South Carolina Forestry Association and Forest Landowners. He was founder of the Hampton County Forest Landowners and Wildlife Management Association. Recently Burris has become active in land preservation through the use of conservation easements, including placing conservation easements on his tree farm.

 

  • Private Conservationist of the Year (2001)
  • Forest Landowner of the Year (2001)
  • National Outstanding Tree Farmer (2000)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Forestry Award (1999)
  • Rural Sportsman's Stewardship Farm of the Year for Big Game Management (1999)

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Daniel P. Christensen

Dan is responsible for the overall operation and growth of the business. Prior to this role, Dan was President and Chief Operating Officer of Hancock Timber Resource Group. Dan is chairman and CEO of Hancock Forest Management, and Hancock Forest Management New Zealand, chairman of Hancock Natural Resource Group Australia, Hancock Victorian Plantations,Forestry Plantations Queensland, Tiaki Plantations Company, Taumata Plantations Limited, Tasman Bay Forest, Hancock Timberland VII, Hancock Timberland VIII, Hancock Timberland IX and Hancock Timberland X, chairman and president of Cahaba Forest LLC, White River Forests LLC, Nestucca Forests LLC, John Hancock Timber Resource Corporation, Comox Timber Ltd, and CEO of Red River Timberlands Company. Dan is also a board member of Hancock Natural Resource Group, and a member of its Natural Resource Investment Committee. Before joining HTRG in1992, Dan was vice president and general manager of a major forest productscompany in the US Northeast. He holds a B.S. in Forest Engineering from theUniversity of Maine's College of Natural Resources, Forestry and Agriculture.

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George H. Finney

George Finney, PhD is President of Bird Studies Canada, a non-profit environmental conservation organization that advances the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild birds and their habitats in Canada and elsewhere.

Before joining Bird Studies Canada, Finney was with the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) from 1977 to 2004. He was Director of the CWS Atlantic Region from 1985 to 2004, where his responsibilities included regional Environment Canada programs related to natural resource conservation, water conservation and management, migratory bird conservation, Species at Risk and protected areas, ecosystem science, and laboratory analysis.

In 1999, Finney received the Prime Minister's Outstanding Achievement Award for his accomplishments in the development of innovative programs and the creation of partnerships. Finney earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

  • Prime Minister's Outstanding Achievement Award for accomplishments in the development of innovative programs and the creation of partnerships (1999)

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Anne Giardini, Q.C.

Anne Giardini is a lawyer and executive called to the bars of both Ontario and British Columbia. Since 1994, she has served as in-house counsel and subsequently General Counsel for Weyerhaeuser Company Limited. Since 2008, Ms. Giardini has been Weyerhaeuser’s Canadian President. Weyerhaeuser Company Limited is a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company, an integrated forest products company with a head office in Washington, and a presence in 13 countries. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber, the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products, real estate construction and development, and related activities.

Ms. Giardini has worked in many areas of law including corporate law, contracts, acquisitions and divestitures, administrative law, employment, labour, pensions, litigation, insurance, construction, environmental, first nations, and governance.  Among other activities, Ms. Giardini is Chair of the Board of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival, and is a member of the Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University, and the board of UniverCity, a compact, mixed-use and transit-oriented community founded on the four cornerstones of sustainability: environment, equity, economy and education.

Ms. Giardini is also a novelist (The Sad Truth About Happiness, 2005; Advice for Italian Boys, 2009, both published by HarperCollins), journalist, and frequent public speaker on a range of topics. She is married and has three children. Ms. Giardini was named a UBC Faculty of Law Distinguished Alumna in 2007, was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010, and received the 2010 Canadian General Counsel Award for Business Achievement in May 2010. 

 

  • Queen Eilzabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013)
  • One of Canada's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers, Canadian Lawyer Magazine (2011)
  • UBC Faculty of Law Distinguished Alumna (2007)
  • Canadian General Counsel Award for Business Achievement (2010)
  • Author of The Sad Truth About Happiness (2005) and Advice for Italian Boys (2009), both published by HarperCollins

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John M. Hagan III

John M. Hagan III has been president of non-profit Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences in Manomet, Mass., since 2008. Manomet (www.manomet.org) works to build a sustainable world through a non-advocacy use of science that allows policy makers and the public to make wellinformed decisions.

Hagan joined Manomet in 1986, and in 1997 he established the center's Forest Conservation Program, based in Brunswick, Maine. He helped transform how the forest sector thinks about protecting biodiversity, and has worked closely with environmental groups and timber companies. With a series of grants from the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry, he helped develop a simple, science-based approach to selecting sustainability indicators that include society's economic, social and environmental values.

Hagan is the recipient of the Integrity in Conservation Award from the New England Society of American Foresters (2009) and the Austin Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award from the State of Maine (2007). He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and Society for Conservation Biology.

Hagan earned a Ph.D. in zoology and Master of Science in wildlife ecology from North Carolina State University, and a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Texas Christian University. He lives on Georgetown Island, Maine, and maintains offices in both Brunswick, Maine, and at Manomet's headquarters in Massachusetts.

  • Integrity in Conservation Award, New England Society of Amercian Foresters (2009)
  • Austin Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award, State of Main (2007)

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Jim Hannan

Jim Hannan is CEO and president of Georgia-Pacific, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, pulp, paper, building products and related chemicals.

Jim began his career with Koch Industries in 1998 when he joined Koch Mineral Services as chief financial officer.  He left Koch for two years to work as corporate controller at Homestake Mining Company before rejoining Koch Mineral Services as CFO in 2001.  In 2004, Jim was named president of INVISTA Intermediates, which is another Koch company.  After the Koch acquisition of Georgia-Pacific in late 2005, Jim was named GP’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer.  In August 2006, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer and named to the company’s board of directors.  Jim was named chief executive officer and president in November 2007.

In July 2013, Jim was named the 2013 North American CEO of the Year by RISI.

In addition to his responsibilities at Georgia-Pacific, Jim recently was appointed to the board for Koch Industries and Guardian Industries.  He is also a member of the board of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, the Atlanta History Center, The Commerce Club, The Center for Human and Civil Rights, Holy Innocents Episcopal School, Georgia Research Alliance and serves as a Trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center and of the California State East Bay Educational Foundation.  

His industry Board affiliations include American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA past chairman), National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI), Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).

  • RISI North American CEO of the Year by RISI (2013)

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Jon Haufler

Jonathan Haufler is President of The Wildlife Society, and is currently the Executive Director of the Ecosystem Management Research Institute, an independent non-profit institute that specializes in conducting large scale conservation planning especially using an ecosystem-based approach. He has held this position for the past 13 years.  Prior to this position, he worked for 7½ years as the Manager of Wildlife and Ecology Programs for Boise Cascade Corporation and for 14 years as a Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Michigan State University (including time as an assistant professor, associate professor and full professor).  He has a B.S. in wildlife management from the University of New Hampshire, an M.S. in wildlife management from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in wildlife biology from Colorado State University.  

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Steven W. Koehn

Steven W. Koehn has been Director and State Forester of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service, since February 2001. He is responsible for statewide delivery of all technical and financial forestry assistance on both public and private lands. For his continuing efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay and other waters in his state, Steve received the Arbor Day Foundation’s 2010 Champion of Trees Awards.

His office is responsible for statewide delivery of all technical and financial forestry assistance on both public and private lands.  Steve oversaw the effort to transfer the State Forest system from the Maryland Park Service back to the Maryland Forest Service and to dual certify the entire State Forest system, some 211,000 acres, to Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council standards.

Koehn has been with the Maryland Forest Service since 1984. Before becoming state forester, he served as associate director, supervisor of resource management and project forester. From 1993 to 2002, he also taught forest ecology, forest management, forest stand delineation and forest conservation planning at the School of Professional Studies in Business Education at Johns Hopkins University.

In February 2011, Steve became the Vice-Chair of the American Forest Foundation’s Woodland Committee and as such also sits on AFF’s Board of Trustees.  As incoming Chair of the Woodland Committee and member of the Board of Trustees, Steve works closely with AFF staff in furtherance of the Foundation’s mission to help private forest owners keep their forests as forests and manage them sustainably.

He is past president of the National Association of State Foresters, and has held leadership positions in the Chesapeake Bay Program Forestry Workgroup, Society of American Foresters, Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards, Maryland Forests Association, and the American Forest Foundation's Center for Conservation Solutions Operating Committee.

Koehn received his Bachelor of Science, Forest Science, from Pennsylvania State University. Koehn and his wife have two daughters, and live in Parkton, Maryland.

  • Outstanding Forestry Regulation Award — Maryland Forestry Protection Act (2013)
  • Arbor Day Foundation Champion of Trees Award (2010)

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Robert A. (Bob) Luoto

(Immediate Past Chair)
Bob Luoto has worked in the forest sector for 34 years, and represents logging professionals and the American Loggers Council (ALC) on the SFI Inc. Board. Luoto has been with the ALC, which represents 27 states and more than 53,000 loggers, since it was created in 1994. He was council president in 2002.

Luoto has also been involved with Associated Oregon Loggers (AOL) for more than 30 years, serving as board president in 1995 and 1996. He was president of the AOL when Oregon joined the Log a Load for Kids program in support of children’s hospitals. In 2001, Luoto was named AOL Logger of the year for his active role in both his community and the timber industry. His wife Betsy is also active in AOL, and was named its 1997 Woman of the Year. Luoto and his wife have two children.

Luoto earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Washington State University, then helped establish a family-owned logging company, Luoto Logging Inc. He founded Crown & Cross Inc. in 1998 after his father retired. Earlier in his career, Luoto was directly involved in a job that protected a number of streams and water systems within the logging unit and won Luoto Logging the Northwest Oregon Area Operator of the Year award. His commitment to safety was recognized in 1990 when he was appointed to Oregon’s State Advisory Board for Occupational Safety and Health.

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Bob Matters

Bob Matters is the Chair of the Steelworkers Wood Council. His experience in the Forest Industry began in 1977 when he worked for Galloway Lumber in South Eastern British Columbia,  where he became active in his Union, the International Woodworkers of America.  Bob worked full time for the Local from 1992, was elected President in 1994 and in 2006 he was elected to the position of Chair of the Steelworkers Wood Council.

He is responsible for the Forestry and Forest Products sector of the United Steelworkers Union with membership from BC to Ontario. Bob was a member of the Merger Committee that that created the merger of IWA Canada and the United Steelworkers’.  As well as spokesperson for the BC Provincial Negotiating Committee, Bob is the Union co-chair of the I.W.A.- Forest Industry Pension Plan.

He has also served on a number of Private and Public Boards.

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Mark Rodgers, PhD, CEC, RODP

As Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity Canada, Rodgers creates and implements national strategy for directing and supporting 69 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Canada. These affiliates work in over 300 communities across Canada to build affordable housing and promote homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.  Rodgers has been with Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFH) for almost 12 years, previously serving as Director of Development at HFH Waterloo Region and as Executive Director for HFH Brant. Before joining HFH, he worked at World Vision, Cystic Fibrosis Canada and the Mendelssohn Choir.

Mark has been the recipient of numerous academic and community awards. Dr. Rodgers is a two-time recipient of the “Civic Action Award” for Cambridge, ON, where he resides with his family. This accolade was given for his volunteer role in leading the largest private source donation to a food bank in Canada. Most recently, he was named one of the social sector’s top 25 most influential leaders in Canada. His educational background encompasses sociology, psychology and management, including a doctoral degree from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.

  • Two-time recipient of the Civic Action Award for Cambridge, ON
  • One of the social sector's top 25 most influential leaders in Canada

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Larry Selzer

(Chair)
Larry Selzer is president and chief executive officer of The Conservation Fund.

Through land acquisition, community and economic development, and leadership training, The Fund and its partners demonstrate sustainable conservation solutions emphasizing the integration of economic and environmental goals. Working with public and private partners, the Fund has protected more than six million acres of America’s land legacy since its founding in 1985.

Selzer currently serves on the boards of the American Bird Conservancy and the Wildlife Habitat Council. He served on the SFI Inc. Board of Directors from 2000 to 2006, and in 2004 became the first member of the board’s environmental chamber to be appointed chair.

Selzer holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies from Wesleyan University.

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Greg Siekaniec

In July 2012, Greg Siekaniec assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). The leader in wetland conservation, DUC has over 400 staff and 9,112 on-the-ground projects that conserve over 6.3 million acres of wetlands like marshes and ponds across Canada. Greg oversees all of DUC’s conservation programs, which include scientific research, education, fundraising and public policy.

Before joining DUC, Greg had a long and illustrious 28-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), last serving as the Deputy Director for Policy and Management. His career has included, among others, positions as the Assistant Director for the National Wildlife Refuge System and the Refuge Manager of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. In recognition of his outstanding leadership, dedication and great contributions to the USFWS, Greg was awarded the Distinguished Service Award – the highest honour of the Department of the Interior.

Greg was raised in the Red River Valley area of Minnesota at Moorhead. The early part of his career was spent working in the prairies of North Dakota on a North American Waterfowl Management Plan project. He was the first Project Manager of the Chase Lake Prairie Project (1989-92) as part of the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture in North Dakota.  He worked with private landowners restoring wetland basins and improving their lands for waterfowl conservation purposes. He firmly believes that in today's landscape no one organization, landowner or agency can succeed on their own in conserving waterfowl populations for future generations.

Greg earned a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. He completed the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program in 2008, the same year that he completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Now making his home near East Selkirk, Manitoba – not far from DUC’s head office at Oak Hammock Marsh – Greg and his wife Janelle enjoy spending time outdoors. The entire Siekaniec family shares a passion and concern for Canada’s natural areas and wildlife.

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Charles Tattersall (Tat) Smith Jr.

Tat Smith is a professor at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto, and was dean of the faculty from 2005 to 2010. He came to Toronto in 2005 from College Station, Texas, where he had been professor and head of the Department of Forest Science at Texas A&M University. Prior to that, he was a program manager for the New Zealand Forest Research Institute from 1993 to 1998, and was on the forestry faculty of the University of New Hampshire in Durham for 10 years.

Smith is a task leader with the International Energy Agency bioenergy collaboration, focusing on projects related to the development of bioenergy resources from forest feedstock. In 2008, he led a bioenergy workshop for SFI Inc. that brought together experts on sustainable biomass production systems as well as technical experts in areas such as forestry, biodiversity, and water and soil protection. The workshop led to recommendations as part of the SFI 2010-2014 standard development process.

Smith earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1972, a Master of Science in Forestry from the University of Vermont in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Maine in 1984.

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David Walkem

David Walkem is President of SFI-certified Stuwix Resources Joint Venture, a forest management enterprise that manages a forest licence for eight shareholder Indian Bands in the Interior of British Columbia.

He has been the Chief of the Cooks Ferry Indian Band since 1990, and is the Vice-Chair of the Nicola Similkameen Innovative Forestry Society, which oversees the planning for six InnovativeForestry Practices Agreements held by major licencees in the Merritt TimberSupply Area.

In 1985, Walkem became the first status Indian in British Columbia to become a Registered Professional Forester. He was the founding President of the First Nations Forestry Council, appointed to provide policy direction for First Nations participation in forest resource management in British Columbia and to implement the First Nations response to the province's mountain pine beetle epidemic.

Walkem has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of British Columbia. He received the Forester of the Year award from the Association of BC Professional Foresters in 2001, and an award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards Foundation in 2007 for his achievements in the environment and forestry.

  • First status Indian in British Columbia to become a Registered Professional Forester (1985)
  • Founding President of teh First Nations Forestry Council

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