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Forest Practices Board has new chairman


June 26, 2018
By P&PC staff

June 26, 2018 – The Forest Practices Board of British Columbia has appointed a new chairman. Kevin Kriese begins his three-year term Aug. 7.

“The board serves a critical role in overseeing forest and range practices in British Columbia,” Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, said. “Kevin’s experience will be a significant asset, as he brings his extensive contacts and relationships with industry, northern communities and First Nations with him.”

Kriese comes to the board from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, where he was assistant deputy minister for the North area.

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He has degrees in natural resource management and forestry. He briefly worked for the forest industry and as a consultant, but the majority of his career has been with the provincial government. He has a long history of working on resource management issues in the North with the Integrated Land Management Bureau and the ministries of sustainable resource management and forests. Kriese lives in Smithers, where he is an active member of the Bulkley Valley Cross-Country Ski Club.

The other members of the board are vice-chair Bruce Larson of Vancouver, Ken Higginbotham of Surrey, Marlene Machmer of Nelson, Tara Marsden of New Hazelton, Rick Monchak of Campbell River and Norma Wilson of Langley. Created in 1995, the Forest Practices Board is an independent, arms-length agency that reports to the public about compliance with forest and range practices legislation.