A Vanderhoof man has received a $2,500 award for his work in stewardship and innovation regarding regional woodlots.
Clayton Foster received the award for the North region from Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson in recognition of his practices in woodlot management.
Clayton is a woodlot licensee, meaning that he manages a small, area based tenure. There are over 860 active woodlots in British Columbia, each one creating jobs in areas like harvesting, constructions, maintained, silviculture and small-scale timber processing.
Foster was one of just four British Columbians who was recognized for their innovation.
The awards were given out in a presentation at the Federation of B.C. Woodlot Associations Annual Conference held in Golden, B.C.
Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad addressed the win by one of his constituents saying “Woodlots across our province create jobs in planning, road construction, harvesting, maintenance, reforestation and small-scall time processing. Under the dedicated leadership of people like Clayton Foster, the woodlot industry makes a difference to our local and provincial economies. Congratulations, Clayton. Thank you for making a difference in our region and province.”
President of the Federeation of B.C. Woodlot Associations, Mark Clark also echoed Rustad’s congratulations saying, “The Federation is very pleased to join with Minister Thomson in recognizing these exceptional woodlot licensees.
From the quality of forest management they practice to the contributions they make to BC’s Woodlot Licence program as a whole, they are well-deserving of this recognition. On behalf of the Federation and all its members – congratulations!”