Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities speaker for Jan. 19

Bill Bourgeois will be the keynote speaker at the North Thompson community dialogue session

 Bill Bourgeois

 Bill Bourgeois

Bill Bourgeois, coordinator of the province-wide Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities (HF-HC) initiative will be the keynote speaker at the North Thompson community dialogue session to be held at the Wells Gray Inn this Saturday, Jan. 19.

The forum will be an opportunity for residents to hear of the progress to date on the issues identified in the November 2011 HF-HC session in Clearwater, and to help define priority actions to be pursued in the immediate future in the North Thompson Valley.

Bill Bourgeois, PhD, is a registered professional forester, has 38 years of experience in promoting advancement of B.C. forest management and is the coordinator of the Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities initiative – a non-partisan, volunteer supported initiative to provide an opportunity for communities and concerned citizens to inform decision-makers of their views and concerns regarding the management of B.C. forestlands.

In the past two years, Bourgeois has led the series of community workshops to identify how recent changes in forestry influence the economic stability of rural towns, the quality of life in our communities and family life. In the summer of 2012, a second round of community workshops continued to obtain information from citizens on desired actions to address forestry concerns.

A draft strategic action plan has been prepared reflecting the information compiled to date. It will be finalized in February and presented to senior provincial government, local government and industry decision makers.

Bourgeois is expected to speak to issues and actions identified in other community dialogue sessions, enabling attendees to compare and contrast the local forestry issues and propose solutions.

For more information, go to the Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities – A conversation on BC Forests, website at