The Percy Stubbs and John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (Silvicultural Prize) is awarded annually for work advancing the sector’s knowledge of silviculture published in the Institute’s prestigious journal Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research.
We are delighted to award Dr Felix Oboite, Stewardship Forester with the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the 2021 Silvicultural Prize in recognition of the paper: Climate sensitive growth models for predicting diameter growth of western Canadian boreal tree species published in Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, Volume 94, Issue 3.
On receiving the prize, Dr Oboite said:
“I am honored to be the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Silvicultural Prize recipient for the year 2021.
I am very pleased to accept this award in recognition of the collaborative efforts of the co-author, Dr Phil Comeau, Mitacs Elevate and the industry partners, Canfor, West Fraser (Alberta Plywood) and Weyerhaeuser.
This award is very important to me, as I progressed through my career, conducting innovative research in silviculture.”
Dr Oboite earned his PhD in Forest Biology and Management from the University of Alberta. His research has contributed to the recalibration of the Mixedwood Growth Model (MGM) by enhancing the model’s ability to estimate growth and yield outcomes for a range of silvicultural and management practices.