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Forest Genetics Council of British Columbia
The Forest Genetics Council (FGC) of British Columbia
(www.fgcouncil.bc.ca) is appointed by B.C.’s chief forester
to guide tree improvement activities in the province. The Council
provides a forum for stakeholder representatives to set goals and
objectives, and to oversee the development and delivery of business
plans to fulfill them. The Council’s goal is to maximize
the economic benefits from tree improvement investments for gains
in wood quality, quantity, and pest tolerance consistent with strategic
Services: Cortex provided executive secretariat services to the FGC from 1995 to 2003. These services included organizing, facilitating, and producing summaries of FGC meetings; assisting the technical advisory committees and other ad hoc committees; preparing the FGC bylaws; working with the program manager to develop the FGC planning framework (strategic, business, research, extension and communications plans); and liaising with Forest Renewal BC.
Outcomes: Cortex guided the FGC through a difficult period of reorganization in 1995-1998, helping it develop to the extent that it is now considered to be the preferred model for similar stakeholder committees. The Council's plans continue to guide tree improvement funding and activities carried out in the province by government, industry, and researchers. Its program is stable and well funded.