From left: Garth Wiggill

From left: Garth Wiggill

B.C. Forest Service turns 100

The local forest district celebrated 100 years of the B.C. Forest Service with a cake, story telling and more.

The local forest district celebrated 100 years of the B.C. Forest Service with a cake, story telling and more at the Columbia District office on Monday.

About 50 people crammed into the office’s board room for the celebration, including current office staff, retirees, industry representatives and forestry museum staff, said Kevin Lavelle, a 30-year veteran of the forest service and current stewardship officer with the Columbia Forest District..

George Benwell, who worked for the service from 1955 to 1979 told some stories from his days as a ranger; as did Jim Doyle, the former NDP MLA for the area and the Minister of Forests in 2000.

There are numerous events planned for this year to celebrate the centennial of the Forest Service, including a series of speaker series at the Revelstoke Museum & Archives, a tree planting ceremony and more.