Message from B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson
In 1912, the BC Forest Service was created to protect and manage our vast and diverse forests for the benefit of all British Columbians. This important responsibility has carried on without interruption for nearly 100 years. I am extremely proud to see this distinguished organization celebrate a century of excellence in 2012.
As the Forest Service nears the century milestone, we should all take a few moments to look back at what makes this province's forest and range management so great.
There have been many challenges and accomplishments since 1912. This website captures these stories along with photographs, videos and other historical documents. These perspectives and lessons from the past provide a sound foundation for future stewardship decisions.
A lot has happened in the long history and rich tradition of the BC Forest Service. The culture has evolved. Technology has changed how the job is done. Even the language and terminology are different. But the main goal remains the same: To protect the public's interest and provide world-class leadership in how we use B.C.'s forest and rangelands.
I applaud steadfast commitment and an outstanding performance as the BC Forest Service enters its second century, and also wish to thank the BC Forest Service Centenary Society for coordinating a year of celebrations. I'm certain the next 100 years will be equally beneficial.