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November 12, 2009

Ministry of Forests and Range





VICTORIA – Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell has announced the appointment of R.A. (Al) Gorley of Victoria to the Forest Practices Board for a term of two years. The new appointee replaces Guenter Stahl, who was first appointed to the board in 2004.


            A registered professional forester, Al Gorley is president of a Victoria-based consulting company. Before starting his business in 2002, he worked with the Ministry of Forests and Range, serving as district manager in Houston, regional manager in Prince George and assistant deputy minister of business initiatives.


Most recently, he was director of the Federal Mountain Pine Beetle Secretariat. Al also worked with Forest Renewal BC, and served on the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals’ Council for four years, including as president in 1992. He is also a past-president of the McGregor Model Forest Association.


Current board chair Bruce Fraser was reappointed for another six months. Board members John Dunford (vice-chair), Rachel Holt and Debbie Zandbelt have been reappointed for two-year terms ending Oct. 31, 2011. Dave Patterson, Mike Nash and Andrea Lyall are all continuing members.


The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices and appropriateness of government enforcement on public lands, investigates public complaints and current forestry issues, participates in administrative appeals and makes recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.


More information on the Forest Practices Board is available online at






Cheekwan Ho

Public Affairs Officer

Ministry of Forests and Range

250 387-8482



Helen Davies

Communications Manager

Forest Practices Board

250 213-4708


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