The Canadian Institute of Forestry – Institut forestier du Canada (CIF-IFC) presented the second annual Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry to Mr. Jeff Renton of Edmonton, Alberta on October 10th. The award recognizes the achievements of an outstanding young forest professional in Canada, and encourages involvement in and dedication to the principles of sustainable forest management, science-based land stewardship, and public outreach focusing on the wise use and conservation of forests and the ecosystems that they encompass.
“Mr. Renton is a very worthy recipient,” says Dr. Tat Smith, President of the CIF-IFC. “He is a member of our Institute and on the Council of our Rocky Mountain Section. He graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2010 with a Master of Science Degree, and is currently working with the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society in Alberta. Jeff is dedicated to the practice of sustainable forestry and is generous in volunteering for both the profession and in his community.”
To be eligible for the award, candidates must either be a student or recent graduate (within five years) from a Canadian forestry, natural resources or environmental science university or college program, and must have made outstanding contributions to the their school and program, and to forest professionalism in general, within their community. Eligible recipients must also be members in good standing of the Institute, thus demonstrating their personal commitment to lifelong continuing education and professional development, and their support of forest professionalism. Consideration is also given to personal activity with respect to sustainable forest management as it relates to career achievements to date, volunteerism, leadership, citizenship, academics, extra-curricular activities, and other professional accomplishments.
“The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry was presented at the Institute’s annual national awards banquet in Salt Lake City, Utah by Mr. Geraint Richards, Head Forester of the Duchy of Cornwall, U.K.,” said John Pineau, CEO of the CIF/IFC. “It is wonderful that Mr. Richards is attending our conference and is able to make the presentation on behalf of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.” Mr. Pineau continued, “Usually our conferences are held in Canada, but every 10 years we co-host with the Society of American Foresters, our counterparts in the U.S. Our last joint conference was in 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta”
The Prince of Wales has been visiting Canada since 1970 and takes a close interest in all aspects of Canadian life. The CIF-IFC is dedicated to sound forest stewardship and sustainability across Canada and throughout the world, and is very pleased to have the honour of presenting the new award annually. The idea for ‘The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry’ dates back to 2010 after Geraint Richards, the Duchy of Cornwall’s Head Forester, delivered the keynote address at the CIF/IFC annual conference in Jasper. His Royal Highness was very interested to learn of the positive relationship that was developing between the CIF/IFC and the Duchy and particularly wanted to encourage younger members of the CIF/IFC through the development of a new award. The first award was presented in 2013 in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland.
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