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Nova Scotia Forestry Hall of Fame

Nova Scotia Forestry Hall of Fame




Russell McNally
Inducted (2005)

Graduated from the Maritime Forest Ranger School in 1968. During his 25 year career with the Department of Natural Resources, Russell supervised, implemented and assisted in the planning of forest research programs designed to improve the growth and yield of Nova Scotia's forests. As part of this work he was responsible for developing computer software for yield tables, growth models and timber cruising. Russell was an excellent communicator who had the ability to transfer technical research to the person in the field. He was instrumental in compiling the first Forestry Field Handbook which is now part of the curriculum at the MFRS. Russell was the 1996 recipient of the Graduate Forest Technicians Award, issued by the Council of Eastern Forest Technicians Schools, in recognition of his accomplishments and contribution to the field of forestry and public education


Gary Saunders
Inducted (2005)

Received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick in 1959 and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mt. Allison University in 1965.Originally from Newfoundland, Gary is described as a forester, educator, writer, artist and photographer. In his early career, he taught courses in wood technology and dendrology at Memorial University. During his career with the Department of Natural Resources, he produced a number of publications for woodlot owners and was instrumental in helping to establish the Natural Resources Education Centre in Middle Musquodoboit. Gary has published numerous forestry and nature related books such as The Brook and the Woodcutter, The Man Who Couldn't Stop Sneezing , Trees of Nova Scotia, Alder Muisc: A Celebration of our Environment and Wildlife of Atlantic Canada and much more.


Ed Bailey
Inducted (2005)

Received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick in 1964 and a Master of Science in Forestry in 1969. His career with the Department of Natural Resources began in 1969 with the Canada Land Inventory and the development of a biophysical land classification system for the province. Later he would lead the provincial forest research program that was responsible for the strategic analysis of the Nova Scotia wood supply and the development of criteria and treatments for provincial silviculture programs. Ed was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of New Brunswick for his work in developing growth and yield model for predicting wood supply. He is credited with being the driving force behind expanding the provincial silviculture programs aimed at increasing wood supply and production.


Les Corkum
Inducted (2004)

Graduated from the Maritime Forest Ranger School in 1948. Les spent his entire career working with the former Dept of Lands & Forests, retiring in 1981 as Supervisor of the Hants West District. Les led the design of the body and pumping system for trucks used to fight forest fires, the hand primer for Wajax fire pumps and specialized equipment used by the Christmas Tree Industry. He was one of the first to suggest growing exotic species of Balsam Fir and collecting plus trees for seed in the Christmas Tree Industry. He developed mechanized net balers and miniature sprayers for Christmas Tree plantations. Les was inducted into the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers Association Wall of Fame in 2002. As an active woodlot owner, he was selected the Provincial Woodlot Owner of the Year in 2002. He was a founding member and the first president of the Nova Scotia Forest Technicians Association.


Wilfred Creighton
Inducted (2004)

He graduated from Dalhousie University in 1926 with an Arts Degree and in 1929 from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. Following post graduate studies in Germany, Wilfred began working with Dept. of Lands & Forests in 1934 as Provincial Forester. He held this position until 1949 when he became Deputy Minister retiring in 1969. Known as the "guru" of forestry in Nova Scotia, his intense interests, foresight and leadership have had a profound impact on the shaping of forest management in this province. He is recognized as leading the drive to purchase much of the Crown land the province owns today. Wilfred was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from U.N.B. He was National President of the Canadian Institute of Forestry from 1957-1959. At the age of 100, he is still active in managing his wood lot and sugar bush.


Douglas Embree
Inducted (2004)

Graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a bachelor of Science in Forestry in1959. He then went on to earn a Masters of Forestry from State University in New York in 1951 and a Doctorate from Ohio Sate University in 1960. He spent his career as a forest entomologist with the Canadian Forest Service. He was Program Director of Technical Services at the Maritime Forest Research Center from 1979 -1989. A highlite of his career was working on the successful biocontrol of winter moth in both Nova Scotia and British Columbia. He is also credited with refining techniques for the production of balsam fir Christmas trees in Lunenburg County. In recognition of this work he was made a Life Member of the Lunenburg Christmas Tree Growers Association. Throughout his career he was fostered, improved and enhanced the transfer of research information from researchers to foresters.



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