The Province is recognizing a Kelowna resident with a Woodlot Management Award for his work with the forests of the Mission Creek watershed.
Ernie Day runs a woodlot that encompasses 730 hectares of land. He has demonstrated a 30-year commitment to forest stewardship and has successfully integrated his woodlot into the life of his community. This is why he received the $2,500 Minister's Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the South area at the Federation of B.C. Woodlot Association's annual general meeting in West Kelowna on Saturday.
"The federation is very pleased to join with Minister Thomson in recognizing Ernie Day,” said federation president Mark Clark. “Ernie'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.”
Activities that take place on Day’s woodlot include horseback riding, hiking, cattle grazing, timber harvesting and biking.
Woodlots are a form of small business and often marry crown land with private property for management purposes. They are a significant economic force in British Columbia, generating $200 million in economic activity each year.
Managing a woodlot is a way of life. Woodlot licensee Kyle Chappell demonstrated after his weed eater broke last year.