Thomas George Wright has several hats in his wardrobe ; academic, consultant, company Chief Forester and private woodlot owner/manager. He has worn each one with enthusiasm, dedication and conviction.
Malcolm Knapp, a long-time member of the Department and Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and first Registrar of the Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters (ABCPF)
He believes the first person in British Columbia to actually function as an 'industrial' forester in the modern sense was his UBC colleague Tom Wright, who was employed by Bloedel, Stewart & Welch Ltd. as a consulting forester in the summers of 1941, '42 and '43. Wright is careful to describe an industrial forester as a professional forester 'employed by industry rather than government who prescribes appropriate forest management practices to ensure sustained yield.' These included making forest inventories, devising appropriate fire protection schemes, calculating allowable annual cuts and planning for the reforestation of burnt or cutover lands.
John Parminter grew up on 10 acres of second-growth forest in North Vancouver and this influenced his choice of forestry as a profession. He obtained a BSF degree in 1975 and an MF degree in 1979, both from the University of B.C. After 13 years as a fire ecologist with the Protection Branch of the Ministry of Forests, he transferred to the Research Branch in 1993. A founding member of the Forest History Association of B.C., he has edited their newsletter since 1982.