Local Forester Fred Philpot Awarded SkeenaWild’s Inaugural Conservation Award
We are excited to announce Fred Philpot RPF ret. 481 as the inaugural recipient of the SkeenaWild Conservation Award, given in recognition of outstanding community contributions to natural resource conservation and stewardship.
The idea behind this award is to recognize and celebrate the unsung heroes doing conservation work tirelessly throughout their careers in the Skeena Watershed.
So many people value the depth of work Fred has led since the 1960s. Fred was a pioneer in the forestry sector. Back then, Fred pushed people to do things differently as a forester, which was difficult, particularly in those times and still is. Fred led the charge when it seemed very few foresters were pushing for better ways to do business. Today, our communities and surrounding environment are better for it.
Fred was instrumental in helping the Gitanyow Nation develop their land use plan, the first of its kind, which resulted in various levels of protection for 47% of their territory and industry, and governments are engaging with them and other Indigenous Nations differently.
Fred did the work for no reason but passion for the people and places in Northwest B.C. His measurable impact on our northern communities, predominantly in Gitxsan territory, is incredible, and no words could measure its worth.
SkeenaWild held a short ceremony with Fred’s family and a few colleagues overlooking the Skeena River, where he was presented with a wooden fish carved by local artist and carver Roderick Brown of Cohowood Studios.
SkeenaWild plans to award one deserving recipient per year.