Associates

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Bruce Blackwell,

M.Sc., RPF, R.P.Bio. -  Principal

Bruce has more than 20 years experience as a Professional Forester and Biologist primarily focused in fire and forest ecology, silviculture, vegetation management, wildland/urban interface planning, forest policy and practice audits and reviews. 

Bruce is considered a provincial expert in fire and fuels management and has managed numerous innovative projects related to fire risk identification and mitigation for both the public and private sector. He has provided expert opinion testimony and numerous interviews on the topic of wildfire in BC. Bruce assisted the Firestorm 2003 Review Team in the development of recommendations on forest management and policy to mitigate the risk of catastrophic fires in the wildland/urban interface of BC. He has also applied his expertise in developing numerous wildfire community protection plans and wildfire risk assessments, risk management systems, fuel treatment prescriptions, and fire management plans.

Bruce's silviculture experience includes preparation of silviculture and stand management prescriptions. He has extensive experience in the assessment and auditing of soil disturbance and has developed and delivered a comprehensive training package on the subject to coastal and interior clients. In addition, he has applied the biogeoclimatic ecosystem classification to ecosystem description and classification to a number of studies related to forest productivity and forest succession. 

Bruce has an extensive background in forest management policy development, strategic planning, management and research with over 25 published and peer reviewed reports to his credit.

Bob Green,

M.Sc., RPF, R.P.Bio.

Bob has over 30 years experience in the field of forest ecology and its application to forest management. He has played a key role in the development of the provincial biogeoclimatic ecosystem classification system, including developing methodologies for data collection and processing, deriving and refining the classification at local and regional levels, and preparing ecosystem-based management interpretations. He is a specialist in terrestrial ecosystem mapping (TEM), and has mapped more than 2.25 million hectares of coastal BC since 1996, developing innovative methods for conducting cost-effective, high quality mapping over large areas.

Bob has focused on the management value of TEM data, and has developed a number of applications from landscape-level forestry planning to municipal park planning. These include site index adjustment for forest-level yield analysis, operability and trafficability analysis, landscape-level tree species suitability and fertilization planning. Recently he has designed applications focusing on ecosystem-based management, including identification of sensitive ecosystems, mapping habitats for species at risk, and ecosystem restoration planning.

Bob has extensive experience in training operational staff in applying ecological principles to forestry decision-making, and has frequently provided advice on complex forest management issues. He has also planned and conducted all phases of research studies related to forest productivity and ecological factors, site preparation, and high elevation reforestation.

Jeff McWilliams,

B.S.F., RPF

Jeff has more than 20 years experience in forest resource management and wood processing operations, both as a consultant and in private enterprise. His main areas of expertise are in silviculture practices and operational planning audits, silviculture and stand management prescriptions, management of silviculture operations, strategic assessment and planning for various forest resource applications.

As a consultant Jeff has specialized in auditing of industry and government forest operations as well as operational planning and management. He offers sound management solutions in the way of Quality Assurance and Quality Control programs and processes.

Previously, as an operational forester with International Forest Products Ltd., Jeff was responsible for planning and implementing all phases of a major industrial silvicultural program, including planting, silviculture surveys, slashburning, spacing, pruning, vegetation management, and silviculture prescriptions. Working for a large coastal sawmill, he acquired experience in log purchasing, byproducts sales and the supervision of all phases of operation of a sawmill and planer.

Jeff also has extensive experience in developing Type 1 and Type 2 Silviculture Strategies.  He has technical expertise in developing silviculture and stand management prescriptions and has prepared an SP workshop for a coastal client. Jeff has also completed soil disturbance and access occupancy surveys and has delivered soil conservation workshops to operational forestry staff.

Mark Brown,

NDF, RPF, MICFor, ISA Cert. Arb., Municipal Specialist and CTRA, WDTA

Mark has been with Blackwell for five years and has a national diploma in Forestry from Cumbria College, United Kingdom. He has also taken numerous classes within the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry.

Mark is an RPF in good standing with the OPFA and the ABCFP with expertise in arboriculture, urban forestry, municipal bylaws, policy development, and administration. His work experience includes 13 years as a Community Forester for the District of North Vancouver where Mark acquired intimate knowledge and experience of the standards for tree risk assessments in high use public areas. Mark has extensive experience with data collection for and development of GIS-based tree inventory database systems and developed a laptop based tree inspection application for the District of North Vancouver. Mark has conducted extensive field assessment, prescription development and/or planning for the management of tree risk, fuel hazard, forest health, windthrow, invasive species, ecosystem restoration and riparian vegetation management areas in the wildland urban interface environment.

Mark has completed forest management plan prescription development for 60 ha of woodlands in the City of London, and developed a tree risk management policy and procedures manual for the city’s ESAs. In 2012 Mark led and completed an extensive tree inventory of the historic Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park to support development of an Orchard Management Plan for the Regional District of Central Okanagan, BC. This included inventory and assessment of a wide range of heritage nut varieties, hybrids and selections, and ornamental and native species.

Mark has worked extensively with public agency, general public and other stakeholders including a range of outdoor recreational stakeholder groups on tree-related matters and has helped to develop ecologically sound best management practices for the provision and maintenance of a variety of recreational activities in parks and green spaces in the District of North Vancouver. Mark was a volunteer member of the Hurricane Katrina hazard assessment and recovery team and worked with the US Forest Service where he developed recovery plans for affected communities as well as conducted an inventory and assessment of hurricane damaged trees.

Mark is a contract instructor at BCIT in Integrated Vegetation Management and Urban Forestry and is a past chair of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver.