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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
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Feb. 2, 2010

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Forests and Range

 

 

2010 PODIUMS PUT B.C. WOOD IN THE WORLD SPOTLIGHT

 

VANCOUVER – British Columbia wood will share the spotlight with the world’s best athletes thanks to 23 stunning podiums built from timber donated by communities, First Nations, and businesses from across the Province, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.

 

“Built from wood donated by communities, First Nations, businesses and individuals across the province, each one of these podiums has a story to tell about the people and places that make up British Columbia and about the forest industry that is the heart of so much of our culture and history,” said Premier Campbell. “We hope all the athletes feel this connection and are inspired by this close connection to the people of British Columbia when they step up to receive their medals on these incredible platforms.”

 

The podiums are built from one of 18 different wood types. The wood for each podium was harvested from a specific area or community, which makes it easy to link the specific podiums to the people and communities that provided the wood. For example, the podium that will be used at Whistler Creekside for Alpine Skiing events is built from Western Red Cedar harvested in the Revelstoke Community Forest. 

 

 “We asked British Columbians to donate wood for the podium construction and the response was overwhelming,” said Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell. “It is clear that our communities take great pride in their local forests and are eager to share the Spirit of 2010 with the rest of the world.”


            The wood podiums highlight the importance of forestry in British Columbia. The province is a global leader in sustainable forest management and the world’s largest exporter of softwood lumber, paper and bio-energy products that help mitigate climate change and provide innovative solutions to green building and energy needs.

 

Profiles with information about the people, community and wood of each of the 23 podiums, and high-definition clips of construction and interviews with donors are available for re-broadcast at www.gov.bc.ca/for

 

A schedule of events and medal ceremonies is available at www.vancouver2010.com

 

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BACKGROUNDER

 

 

 

The Wood Podiums of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games

 

23 wood podiums will be at 11 venues to support individual and team victory ceremonies.  Each podium was built from one of 18 different wood types, harvested and donated by communities, First Nations, companies and individuals from across British Columbia. Thirteen were built from wood donated by community forests, two from family run woodlots, two from cities, six from businesses, and five from First Nations.

 

The podiums range from 480cm to 1525 cm in length, 170 to 500 cm in depth and 30 to 60 cm in height. The lightest podium, built of Western Red Cedar, weighs approximately 200 kilograms. Each podium is assembled from more than 200 wooden pieces.

 

The wood was harvested near communities as small as a few hundred (Cheslatta Carrier Nation) to cities with more than 80,000 residents (Kamloops), as far north as Fort St. James to Clayquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island and from as far south and east as the Ktunaxa Nation near Cranbrook.  

 

British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests and Range sourced the wood and co-ordinated podium production. The rough lumber was converted to panels at Metro Vancouver’s Bayview Millworks, a high-end wood product manufacturer and distributor. 

 

The panels were cut into complex shapes using sophisticated computer controlled machinery at the University of British Columbia's state-of-the-art Centre for Advanced Wood Processing. The University is a world leader in providing high-tech training and assistance to industry, and prepares students through an award-winning B.Sc. Wood Products Processing Program.

 

The podiums were assembled at Canadian hardware retail leader RONA’s Vancouver 2010 Fabrication Shop, a community-based training centre that teaches carpentry skills to new Canadians and at-risk youth.

 

The wood podiums highlight the importance of forestry in British Columbia. The province is a global leader in sustainable forest management and the world’s largest exporter of softwood lumber, paper and bio-energy products that help mitigate climate change and provide innovative solutions to green building and energy needs.

 

Individual profiles of each of the 23 podiums, including community contact information and high-definition clips of construction and interviews with donors are available for re-broadcast at www.gov.bc.ca/for

 

 


 

Venue & Event

Wood Type

Community & Donor

 

B.C. Place

     Victory Ceremonies                  

 

Coastal Western Red Cedar

 

Clayoquot Sound

Iisaak Forest Resources

 

B.C. Place

     Team Victory Ceremonies

 

Coastal Douglas-fir

District of Mission

Mission Municipal Forest

 

Cypress Mountain

Freestyle Skiing

Snowboard

 

Lodgepole Pine

Westbank First Nation

Westbank First Nation  Community Forest

 

Cypress Mountain

Freestyle Skiing

Snowboard

 

Amabilis Fir

Port Hardy

        Burgess Family

 

Pacific Coliseum

Figure Skating

Short Track Speed Skating

Blue-Stained Lodgepole Pine

Prince George

Prince George Community Forest

Lakeland Mills

 

Pacific Coliseum

Pairs Figure Skating

Team Short Track Speed Skating

Western Larch

Ktunaxa Nation

Ktunaxa Nation Community Forest

 

Richmond Olympic Oval

Speed Skating

Coastal Douglas-fir

Powell River

Powell River Community Forest

 

Richmond Olympic Oval

Team Speed Skating

Yellow Cedar

Campbell River

Western Forest Products

 

Vancouver Olympic Centre

Curling

Interior Douglas-fir

Community of Likely, Xat’sull First Nation

Likely-Xat'sull Community Forest

 

Vancouver Paralympic Centre

Wheelchair Curling

Paper Birch

Clearwater

Wells Grey Community Forest

 

 

Whistler Creekside

Alpine Skiing

Interior Western Red Cedar

Revelstoke

Revelstoke Community Forest

Downie Timber

 

Whistler Creekside

Paralympic Alpine Skiing

Subalpine Fir

Williams Lake

West Fraser Timber Company

 


 

Whistler Olympic Park

Biathlon

Grand Fir

The Kootenays

Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association

 

Whistler Olympic Park

Cross-Country Skiing

White Spruce

Fort St. James

District of Fort St. James Community Forest

 

Whistler Olympic Park

Ski Jumping

Blue-Stained Ponderosa Pine

City of Kamloops

 

 

Whistler Olympic Park

Team Biathlon

Team Cross-Country

Team Nordic Combined

 

Coastal Western Red Cedar

Williams Lake

        Pioneer Log Homes

 

Whistler Olympic Park

Team Biathlon

Team Nordic Combined

Team Ski jumping

 

Coastal Western Red Cedar

Sechelt

Sunshine Coast Community Forest

 

Whistler Medals Plaza

Victory Ceremonies

 

Western Hemlock

McBride

McBride Community Forest

 

Whistler Medals Plaza

Team Victory Ceremonies

Sitka Spruce

Bella Coola Valley

The Bella Coola Resource Society Community Forest 

 

Whistler Medals Plaza

Paralympic Victory Ceremonies

Interior Douglas-fir

The Cariboo

Cariboo Woodlot Association

Blake Family

Brown-John Family

 

Whistler Paralympic Park

Biathlon

Cross-Country Skiing

 

Engelmann Spruce

Merritt

Aspen Planers

 

Whistler Paralympic Park

Team Biathlon

Team Cross-Country

Underwater Lodgepole Pine

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Cheslatta Community Forest  

 

Whistler Sliding Centre

Bobsleigh

Luge

Skeleton

Lodgepole Pine

Houston

Dungate Community Forest

 

 

Contact:

 

Bridgitte Anderson

Press Secretary

Office of the Premier

604 307-7177

Public Affairs Officer

Ministry of Forests and Range

250 387-8482

 

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