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Nova Scotia Forestry Hall of Fame

Nova Scotia Forestry Hall of Fame


The Forestry Hall of Fame was established in 2004 as a means of recognizing and honoring the significant achievements of individuals who have attained prominence and distinction in any field of forestry, and those who have made a major contribution to the development and advancement of forestry in Nova Scotia. Candidates may be chosen on the basis of their contributions in the field of Forestry Education, Research, Protection, Utilization, Harvesting, Policy or Silviculture but is not limited to these fields. Induction ceremonies are held during the Forest Professionals Annual General Meeting.
Below are the names of the individuals who have been voted into the RPFANS Hall of Fame. You will also see some notes regarding the extraordinary work they have each participated in throughout their respective careers.
If you would like to nominate a colleague or individual to be part of the RPFANS Hall of Fame,first check the nomination guidelines and the nomination form, then please send an email to contact@rpfans.ca




Arden Whidden
Inducted (2016)

Arden Whidden, upon completion of a Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the University of New Brunswick, committed his career with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources to improving opportunities for private land forest management and for advancing forestry education. As a provincial representative Arden was a strong proponent for funding initiatives for the small, private woodland owners sector at federal - provincial strategy negotiations. Through his dedicated efforts Nova Scotia became widely recognized as having a progressive private land forest management program. Arden also ensured that certified training programs were available to provide woodland owners with well-trained silviculture workers that continue to this day to positively influence the forestry sector. Arden throughout his career and continuing on during retirement has been a strong proponent of forestry education for both students and private woodland owners. He was a driving force behind the Nova Scotia Forestry Association and its school challenge "Envirothon". Arden advanced forestry issues professionally as national president of the Canadian Institute of Forestry and was awarded the CIF National Tree of Life Award recognizing individuals who have made superior contributions to sustainable forest resource management


Frederick (Fred) Wellings
Inducted (2016)

Frederick (Fred) Wellings, soon after graduation from the University of New Brunswick, quickly became synonymous with forest inventory in Nova Scotia. As Manager and then Director of the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources Forest Inventory section Fred oversaw the design and implementation of the province's continuous forest inventory program. Over the years the program was revised and incorporated the newest technology and science for estimating Nova Scotia's forest resource. The early establishment of the Permanent Sample Plot (PSP) system places the province with some of the oldest continuously inventoried forest plots in Canada. The data from these PSPs continues to be used extensively in growth and yield models and wood supply calculations. Later as computer technology and capacity advanced the scope of forest inventories Fred directed the Department into the world of Geographic Information Systems GIS) and digital aerial photography. Fred also guided the Department through Metric conversion and the introduction of the Scaler's Act, Nova Scotia Timber Loan Board and the Nova Scotia Registry of Buyers. With attention to clear, science based goals, a contagious enthusiasm for work, and a wonderful sense of humour Fred would tend to defer any recognition to the loyalty and long service he received from the many technicians, foresters, photo interpreters, cartographers and camp cooks who all contributed to the successful inventory of Nova Scotia's woodlands.


Dirk van Loon
Inducted (2014)

Dirk van Loon – author, journalist, and naturalist – has provided Atlantic Canadians a forum for the multitude of voices and values emanating from the region's forests, as publisher of the bimonthly magazine Atlantic Forestry Review. For over 20 years, Dirk's passion for local, rural stories, and his grassroots approach, have informed and educated woodland owners, forest professionals, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone interested in understanding the variety of issues influencing forestry. Dirk has worked tirelessly to produce clear and concise articles that will reach a wide readership. He credits a dedicated staff representing the regional interests as being key to the success of his Liverpool company, DvL Publishing, which started with Rural Delivery in 1976. Atlantic Forestry Review is filled with contemporary issues, useful information, and entertaining tales of times gone by. Dirk has always been interested in the stories that woodlot owners wish to tell: how they manage their properties and the innovation that often accompanies their successes. The magazine encompasses a complex, multi-billion dollar industry, and makes it comprehensible in the form of engaging, readable news. Dirk has also been active in promoting forest education through the creation of the Harrison Lewis Centre in 2008, which provides a field classroom and laboratory for research groups, courses, workshops, seminars, and a variety of presentations related to rural environments and natural history. Dirk's career attests to a life-long love of our forests and an appreciation for the forest industry. He has been dedicated to providing information, thoughtful commentary, a space for public discourse, and a greater awareness of the importance of forests to our Maritime way of life.


David (Dave) Barrett
Inducted (2014)

David (Dave) F. Barrett, lumberman and businessman, has spent a career devoting his time and energy to the promotion of forest management in Nova Scotia. Dave joined the family forestry company when he graduated from high school and along with his brothers; owns and operates Barrett Lumber Company. He has made a longstanding commitment to the industry through service to groups such as the Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia, the Wood Products Manufacturing Association of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Voluntary Planning Committee and the Nova Forest Alliance. Dave has always expressed his passion for the woods by speaking up and speaking out to defend the rights of lumber producers. He has been an engaged and committed citizen, contributing to various efforts for the betterment of his community. His belief that the best solutions are found by working with the community led to the creation of the "Family Forestry Stewardship Agreement" which allows responsible individuals and ATV users access to Barrett Lumber woodlands. Dave also took a lead role in developing the protocol to allow the transport of sawmill chips from the brown spruce longhorn beetle quarantine zone to pulp mills thereby maintaining a critical component of the industry. Dave has used his career to promote a shared responsibility of forest stewardship between landowners and community and continues to be a voice for the forest industry in Nova Scotia.


David (Dave) Dwyer
Inducted (2013)

David (Dave) Dwyer accepted a career with the NS Dept. of Lands and Forests and focused his work on the betterment of the woodlot forest.  As a forester he worked extensively with the small private woodlot sector and was instrumental in the establishment of the first woodlot owner group ventures in the province. He promoted woodlot forestry with demonstration woodlots and publications advocating good forestry practices. He will be most remembered for his management of the province's Antrim woodlot and his documentation of forestry practices such as selection harvesting. Dave championed the woodlot owners of Nova Scotia advancing their concerns to government and he was regularly consulted for his perspective on forestry matters pertaining to the small woodlot owner. His never ending effort to promote management options appropriate to the ecology of the woodlot forest provided Dave with an appreciative sector. After retirement he volunteered with CESO in Swaziland, Indonesia and Bolivia but always returned home and continued to represent the woodlot owners.  David Dwyer's  dedication,  enthusiasm  and  passion  for  the  woodlot forests of  Nova Scotia were exemplary and continue to guide present day forest management.


Robert (Bob) Bancroft
Inducted (2013)

Robert (Bob) Bancroft dedicated his career with the NS Dept. of Lands and Forests and the NS Dept. of Fisheries and Aquaculture to build an understanding of provincial wildlife and habitat. He became one of the province's pre-eminent wildlife biologists and helped direct the management and conservation of wildlife through thoughtful forestry practices. He has been a strong advocate for the protection of wildlife habitat and a commentator on current forestry, wildlife, and ecology issues. Bob has actively worked to create an awareness of the interests shared by the industrial, environmental, and public users of the forest resources. He has been the Chair of numerous organizations including Nature Nova Scotia, Nova Forest Alliance, Colin Stewart Forestry Forum, NS Federation of Anglers and Hunters and has had several positions with the Canadian Wildlife Federation. He is a well-known contributor to CBC radio and is an editorial contributor to Atlantic Salmon Journal and Saltscapes magazine. Bob Bancroft's career has been dedicated to broadening our understanding of the natural environment, working  together to achieve  that goal, and  conserving and  maintaining a forest that accommodates all the values of our society.



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