The BC government has named Shane Berg the 18th Chief Forester and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Office of the Chief Forester, according to a statement released Tuesday (August 16).
Berg has served as Deputy Chief Forester for the past five years, beginning in April 2017.
According to a press release, Berg “will work collaboratively to manage British Columbia’s forests and rangelands in a sustainable and ecosystem-based way, using the best available, culturally relevant science as the foundation for decision making “.
Berg will act as an independent statutory decision-maker in his new role to determine the annual allowable cut for the province’s 71 timber supply areas and logging licenses. The Chief Forester is also responsible for setting seed, sowing and stocking standards for reforestation in British Columbia under the Forest and Range Practices Act.
Berg began his career as a silviculture technician in Invermere and Grand Forks. He also worked as the Director of Forest Planning in Squamish.
For more than 14 years, Berg held district manager positions with the BC Forest Service, working in Hazelton and Kamloops.
He then spent six years as Regional Executive Director at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, now named the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.
The news of Berg’s promotion comes after Diane Nicholls left the role in May.