Slocan native carries on the tradition

Slocan native Janice Burns completed the Forest Resources Management program at University of British Columbia

Slocan native Janice Burns completed the Forest Resources Management program at University of British Columbia and was the recipient of two prestigious awards at her graduation this spring: the Canadian Institute of Forestry Gold Medal, which recognizes outstanding scholarship, sportsmanship and citizenship, and the Gordon Baskerville Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in academics and citizenship.

“I am honoured and humbled to be the recipient of [this award],” said Burns.

“I hold the gold medal with pride and with my colleagues in mind.”

In a wonderful mix of entrepreneurial drive and a strong sense of humanity, Burns represents a promising generation of forestry professionals who have the skills and desire to excel in their field, while respecting the needs of society as a whole.

Burns grew up in a forestry family. Her great-grandfather was awarded the first tree farm license in BC’s interior, TFL 3, in the mid-1800s; her father, Gary, holds WL 498 on the back doorstep of the Valhallas.

One of four children, she was encouraged to pursue any career that interested her, though it’s apparent she “absorbed a great deal [about forestry] by osmosis.” While the kids weren’t expected to follow in their father’s footsteps, their mother encouraged them to be “net contributors to society… with a compassionate heart.”

Burns’ current passion is fire surpression, specifically within the Wildfire Management Branch. After serving as an Aviation Assistant for the BC Forest Service Protection Branch she went through the grueling application process to become a wildland firefighter and joined the 20-person Valhalla Unit Crew.

Burns has dedicated considerable time and energy to researching fuel management plans, specifically in wildland-urban interface areas, as well as technologies such as LIDAR, which are aiding in fuel assessments and wildfire management.

For now, Burns will continue with the BC Forest Service, while also working alongside her father. She muses about the possibility of someday taking over the family’s woodlot operation.

No doubt, she will enjoy tremendous success, regardless of the path she takes in the future, thanks to her tenacious personality and obvious intellect.

“Give her a complex problem and she’ll wrestle it to the ground and won’t give up until she’s figured it out,” said one of her professors.

As we look to the future of our forests, both locally and globally, it’s heartening to see the exceptional talent of youth like Burns on the horizon.

 

British Columbia’s woodlot program has more than 875 woodlot licenses with membership is mostly made up of families united in an effort to demonstrate exemplary forest and natural resource management. To find out more about woodlots in BC go to woodlot.bc.ca.

 

 

Just Posted

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

B.C. has only one bricks-and-mortar marijuana store

Nelson candidates debate climate change at forum

Mayoral and council candidates had the chance to speak on five fictional resolutions

UPDATE: Nelson man who swam naked with sharks arrested

David Weaver, 37, will face mischief and assault charges

Three Nelson marijuana dispensaries to remain open after legalization

Nelson’s police chief has no plans to close them down

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

VIDEO: How to roll a joint

The cannabis connoisseur shares his secrets to rolling the perfect joint

Scope of Hurricane Michael’s fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle

Nearly 137,000 Florida customers remain without power from the Gulf of Mexico to the Georgia border

Streamlined pardon process for pot possession convictions in Canada

Feds say legalization is first step towards objectives of getting pot out of the hands of kids and eliminating black market

Boeser tallies in OT as Canucks beat Penguins 3-2

Vancouver wins without star rookie Pettersson

Mayor of Kamloops says ‘history has been made’ with vote on B.C.’s lone pot shop

The store to be run by the province in B.C.’s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada

New bus route to ‘replace’ Greyhound along Trans-Canada Highway

Rider Express Transportation says they will soon begin a bus service from Winnipeg to Vancouver

U.S. pot firm urges Trump to deny Canadian producers ‘competitive advantage’

The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law

Government says imprisoned Canadian terror suspects must face consequences

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale showed little sympathy Tuesday for such individuals who now want to return to Canada

How rules for inmate segregation in Canada will change under Bill C-83

Federal government proposing changes to rules around inmates in federal correctional institutions

Most Read