Kelowna's Ernie Day earns provincial woodlot award

WEST KELOWNA - The Province is recognizing Ernie Day for innovation and excellence in woodlot management, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced.

Day, who runs a 730-hectare woodlot in and around the Mission Creek watershed, received the $2,500 Minister's Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the South area at the Federation of B.C. Woodlot Association's annual general meeting in West Kelowna.

The award recognizes Day's 30-year commitment to forest stewardship and acknowledges the work he has done to integrate his woodlot into the surrounding community.

Day's woodlot contains a portion of private land that has been in his family since 1897 and supports a variety of activities including horseback riding, hiking, biking, cattle grazing and timber harvesting.

The awards are funded by the Province of British Columbia and administered by the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations. This year, the awards recognize a woodlot licensee representing each of the Coast and South areas, along with an overall top performer.

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