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Remembering forestry advocate Peter deMarsh


March 11, 2019
By P&PC Staff

March 11, 2019 – Peter deMarsh, an advocate of the Canadian forest sector and woodlot owners, was reportedly among the victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday, according to the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC).

“The forestry community lost an incredible man this weekend,” says Derek Nighbor, president and CEO of FPAC, in a statement. “Peter dedicated so much of his life to our sector and was travelling to Africa to do what he loved to do – talking about the environmental benefits of forestry and advancing opportunities for woodlot owners and forestry families around the world. He was a true champion of forestry on the global stage. We are saddened by this tragedy and extend our love and thoughts to Peter’s family and friends, and all families of the victims of this terrible tragedy.”

Nighbor continues, “deMarsh lived in Taymouth, New Brunswick and was a long-serving president of the Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners. He represented the interests of woodlot owners in Canada for the past three decades. He was also the chair of the International Family Forestry Alliance, an international group working for the interests of woodlot owners and forestry families from around the world. deMarsh was also dedicated to a number of causes, traveling around the world to share his expertise on rural farming and environmental issues.”

All 157 people aboard the plane died in the crash, the cause of which is still unknown.