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The Alberta Forest Service Book

The Alberta Forest Service book is dedicated to the many men and women who have dedicated their careers, and in some cases given their lives, to managing the public trust embodied in the forests of Alberta.

These people have brought us through an astounding evolution from the pioneer hardships of life in the bush 100 years ago to the creativity and innovation of the information age. All this is due to their dedication to the ideal of forests that will provide environmental, economic and social benefits for generations to come.

Those who love our forests and wildland environment today owe a debt of gratitude to these persistent, creative and colourful men and women.

Examples of other information you'll find inside:

About the Authors

Steve Ferdinand is a retired forester who obtained his BScF from the University of British Columbia in 1960. He then joined North Western Pulp & Power Ltd. (later Weldwood of Canada and now West Fraser Mills) in Hinton, Alberta, where he worked for 13 years in forest inventory, harvest planning and silviculture. Steve joined the AFS in March, 1974, and worked in various positions for the next 28 years, including liaison with AFS regional staff and in silviculture/reforestation, woods operations and forest recreation. Prior to his retirement in 2002, Steve spent two years in the Integrated Resource Management Division of Alberta Environment.

Peter Murphy is a Professor Emeritus in Forestry at the University of Alberta, where he taught and conducted research in forest policy and forest fire management from 1973 to 1995. During this time he also served as Chair of Forest Science and Associate Dean for Forestry. After graduating from the University of New Brunswick in 1953, he worked for the B.C. Forest Service, moving to Alberta in 1954 with the Alberta Forest Service (AFS). In 1956 he became head of the AFS Training Branch that led to establishing the Forestry Training School (now Hinton Training Centre) in 1960. He completed an MScF at the University of Montana in 1963 and PhD at the University of British Columbia in 1985. His particular interests are in forest policy, forest fire behaviour, fire history and history of forestry. He co-authored Learning from the Forest, a book detailing 40 years of forest management at Hinton for Weldwood of Canada with Bob Bott and forestry colleague Bob Udell. Peter and Bob Stevenson have compiled a collection of more than 7,400 historic forestry photographs available on CD. Peter's professional contributions include Chair of the Technical Committee (TC) on Sustainable Forest Management for Canadian Standards Association 1998-present and member of TC from 1994; President, Canadian Institute of Forestry 1993-94; President of the Forest History Society Inc. (Durham, NC) 1993-95; President, Alberta Registered Professional Foresters Association 1985-86, and member of the Forest Management Science Council, Alberta, 1996 to 1999.

Dennis Quintilio worked as a Fire Behaviour Specialist in Alberta for 24 years prior to assuming a management position with the government in 1990. From 1967-1974 he was stationed at the Northern Forestry Centre as study leader and worked on early design and implementation of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System. He was appointed Project Leader in 1975 and continued to refine fire behaviour prediction elements of the system through study of large-scale experimental burns. From 1980 to 1990, he taught at the Forest Technology School which offered a two-year diploma in Forestry, and coordinated all in-service fire management training in Alberta. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dennis was also a practising Fire Behaviour Officer and served on the AFS Fire Investigation Team. Dennis became Director of the Forest Technology School in the fall of 1990. In 1995, he assumed the position of Executive Director, Forest Management Division, Alberta Environmental Protection, and in 1999 was appointed Executive Director of the Integrated Resource Management Division (IRM) responsible for implementation of IRM in Alberta. Dennis retired in June of 2001 after 34 years of forestry practice in Alberta. He has a BScF and an MSc degree from the University of Montana, is a member of the College of Alberta Professional Foresters, and has a list of 25 publications to his credit.

Bob Stevenson is a retired forester who spent 20 years with the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) from 1960 to 1980, including educational leave for an MSc at the University of Idaho in the early 1960s. His CFS work involved forest protection studies and numerous forest extension programs throughout Alberta and the NWT with industry, government, educational institutions and the public. In 1980 he transferred to the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division as Director of Public Information and Extension Services and later Head of Commercial Wildlife, retiring in 1992. During this time he was instrumental in preparing and managing numerous high-profile publications, many of which are common today. Much of this effort involved the transfer of information and technology to a variety of user groups including the forest industry. Bob has continued to support the Canadian Institute of Forestry throughout his career and is also a member of the Forest History Association of Alberta. Bob has worked with Peter Murphy to complete a CD containing upwards of 7,400 historic forestry images, most of which pre-date 1930. Bob also serves as custodian of historic forestry memorabilia for the Alberta government.

To find out how you can view the book, please contact the Alberta Government Library at 780 427-2985.

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This information published to the web on March 22, 2016.
Last Reviewed/Revised on March 16, 2018.