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Waldie, Art
(years of service:1950 - 1967)

Art Waldie – Silviculture pioneer

Art came to the BC Forest Service on March 17, 1950 from the Dominion Department of Agriculture where he had been working as a forest pathologist. His first posting was in Kamloops, where he worked at the Ranger station and attended his first Ranger meeting there. In 1951, Art moved from Kamloops to Nelson where he became the District Silviculturist; that was also the year he married Ginny.

Art spent the rest of his career based out of Nelson, which was pretty rare at a time when so many staff members were frequently moved about to different locations throughout the province. Bill Young, Chief Forester at the time, spoke at the Ranger meeting, and introduced the concept of regenerating the forest.

During Art’s career, he helped to develop many of the founding principles of silviculture. Tree planting densities, seed provenance, stocking standards and regeneration surveys were all new concepts that he helped to develop and implement. Art was also involved in research trials established to test out growth of planted stock. During this time he worked with people such as Red Wassick, Gordon Potter, Ptor Peterson and Peter Fowler. They were all involved in directing the operations that saw 25-30 million trees planted in the Nelson Forest Region every year.

Later in Art’s career he and Jim Munro took over the function of administration foresters in the spring of 1963. In this role they were in charge of a variety of administrative duties that didn’t clearly fall into established categories. Laying out seed blocks, directing tree marking crews for mark to cut and mark to leave timber sales and a lot of small tenure functions were under their jurisdiction. During the heavy fire year of 1967, Art was in charge of all the helicopter operations on several fires in the region and was very good at insuring the best possible use was made out of each and every flight.

On a personal note, Art was able to pursue both an interest in playing the bagpipes, which he did for many years as a member of the Kootenay Kilties. He was very creative in the art of wood sculpture and carving making many intricately designed wood doors and murals. It is no wonder that he was able to be successful applying his artistic capability in both his hobbies and his work.

The forest service of British Columbia has benefited from many people such as Art Waldie who have all contributed to making this organization a world class forest management government organization.

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