Kelowna resident Ernie Day was honoured for his innovation and excellence in woodlot management at the BC Woodlot Association’s annual meeting in West Kelowna last weekend.
Day runs a 730-hectare woodlot in and around the Mission Creek watershed.
The $2,500 award, presented to Day by local MLA Steve Thomson, the provincial cabinet minister responsible for forest management, recognized Day’s 30-year commitment to forest stewardship and acknowledges the work he has done to integrate his woodlot into the surrounding community.
Day’s woodlot contains a portion of private land that has been in his family since 1897 and supports a variety of activities including horseback riding, hiking, biking, cattle grazing and timber harvesting.
“Ernie Day has is an example to everyone on how to run a business in an environmentally and socially responsible way. For 30 years, Ernie has built a reputation for his generosity, his hard-work and his dedication to woodlot management,” Thomson said.
Mark Clark, president of the BC Woodlot Association, added that Day’s woodlot is an area that is heavily used by the public. “His commitment to managing his woodlot for timber, recreation and other resource values is exemplary. In addition, his many years of contributing to the woodlot program and managing his woodlot to a high standard make him well-deserving of this recognition,” he said.
Woodlot licences are small, area-based tenures managed by individuals, groups or First Nations.
British Columbia has over 860 active woodlots which generate $200 million of economic activity for the province every year.