Nelsonite joins Forest Practices Board

Marlene Machmer has been appointed to a two-year term on the board of the provincial forestry watchdog.

Marlene Machmer of Nelson has been appointed to the Forest Practices Board.

The provincial cabinet has appointed two new members of the Forest Practices Board including Nelson’s Marlene Machmer.

Machmer owns a consulting firm. She is an ecologist with 25 years experience in environmental impact assessment, management, inventory, restoration and stewardship in BC. She has worked for the forest, mining and power industries, as well as government and First Nations.

Joining Machmer is Angeline Nyce. Both were appointed for two-year terms. Current board member Bill Dumont was reappointed for a two-year term.

“I am very pleased to see Bill Dumont reappointed, and I welcome Marlene Machmer and Angeline Nyce to the board,” said board chair Tim Ryan.

“Bill has made a valued contribution to the board during his past term, and I look forward to two more years working with him. Both Marlene and Angeline bring new backgrounds and perspectives to the board table as we deliberate on forest and range practices in BC.”

Nyce owns her own law firm and currently practices in the areas of natural resources and aboriginal Law, focusing on sustainable development and land use issues, and she advises on a range of business law matters.

Dumont has worked in the forest sector in BC and internationally for more than 40 years, 27 for Western Forest Products including as chief forester.

The Forest Practices Board is BC’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government.