Grad Class of 1998
I started working for Slocan Forest Products Ltd. in Fort Nelson in August 1998 and worked with Slocan for almost two years. I worked primarily in the development of silviculture prescriptions. This involved field data collection, writing the SP document and submitting the document to the Ministry of Forests for approval. The field data collection component involved soil data collection, plant identification, riparian assessments and classification, and wildlife tree patch suitability - to name a few.
The boreal forest presents challenges involving mixedwood management. Because of this I worked with other Slocan staff and specialists from FERIC and the Alberta Research Council developing alternative silviculture systems. To date these systems have included one and two pass shelterwood systems and patch retention systems. These alternative systems not only address mixedwood issues but also wildlife habitat issues (such as marten and squirrels).
I recently started working for the Ministry of Forests (Fort Nelson District) as an Audit Forester. My job will include review of SP amendments and SP documents, MLSIS administration, audits and field monitoring (i.e. soil disturbance surveys), and reviewing and monitoring of conifer and deciduous exchanges (i.e. mixedwood). I will also remain involved in wildlife projects currently underway in this District (song bird and marten research)