Forestry Professor Bill Beese Wins Scientific Achievement Award

Bill Beese VIU awards

Bill Beese, VIU Forestry Department Professor and Forest Ecologist won a prestigious award from the Canadian Institute of Forestry.

October 5, 2020 - 11:00am

Congratulations! Bill Beese, a VIU Forestry Department Professor and Forest Ecologist, recently received the Canadian Forest Scientific Achievement Award from the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF-IFC).

The award recognizes “individuals who have made innovative and outstanding achievements in forestry research in Canada.” Beese has made significant contributions to forest research in British Columbia and abroad, including his “landmark work implementing the retention silviculture system,” according to CIF. Retention is an approach to forest harvesting where you leave trees for the long term for their wildlife and biodiversity benefits.

“I was thrilled,” says Beese about receiving the award. “Anytime you are recognized by your peers for making a difference it is very satisfying. It’s humbling to have people feel that way about the things I’ve done over the years.”

Beese has served on numerous advisory committees on research, old growth forests and ecosystem-based management, including an international science panel for Forestry Tasmania. He has co-authored numerous research papers.

“Bill has an international reputation for practical implementation of innovative forestry and is very deserving of this prestigious Award,” says Mark Pearson, Executive Director of CIF-IFC, in a media release.

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