Rachel F. Holt, Ph.D., R.P.Bio.

Rachel is a biologist with a range of experience applying conservation biology principles to land management issues in B.C. As principal of Veridian Ecological Consulting in Nelson, Rachel has worked for a wide variety of clients over the last 12 years, primarily government, ENGOs and First Nations. She has been involved in the field developing management standards, developing ecosystem based management standards, and also has extensive experience managing larger strategic projects. Recently, Rachel developed a Climate Change Impact Assessment for BC, undertook Condition Analyses on various areas within the province (Cowichan, Haida Gwaii, Central and North Coast), and worked as part of various multi-stakeholder teams to develop land management standards (EBM / FSC). 

Rachel was the project lead and general manager – responsible for delivery of products, and coordinating elements of the project to ensure efficient use of time and resources. She played a key role, together with the core team, in the ongoing development of the framework for assessing resilience in ecological systems.  Rachel worked as a bridge between the people and disciplines engaged in the project, and coordinated collaboration with other projects. She was a major contributor to the final reports.



Gregory Utzig, M.Sc., P.Ag. 

Greg is a conservation ecologist and land use planning consultant based in Nelson, with over 35 years experience in environmental impact assessment, terrain and vegetation mapping, watershed analysis, habitat inventory and modeling, and a wide range of activities related to forest management and biodiversity protection. At present his focus is on adapting biodiversity conservation measures to the realities of rapid climate change. He has worked with a variety of clients, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations and the forest industry, both in British Columbia and southern Africa. Greg holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin (Honours Geology) and British Columbia (Forest Soils). 

Greg was responsible for acquisition and interpretation of downscaled climate projections for the study area. He also collaborated with other projects to analyze how the projected changes in climate may alter disturbance regimes within the study area. Greg also participated in various other aspects of the vulnerability assessment and resiliency analyses. He was a major author in the final reports.



Heather Pinnell, B.Sc., RPF

Heather has worked as a forester in the West Kootenays for 17 years. She has worked for a range of organizations including Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Forests and Range, the Harrop-Procter Community Forest and local woodlots. She has considerable research experience working on projects assessing natural disturbance processes, soil disturbance and implications of various silvicultural systems. In operational settings, she practices interpreting the range of natural disturbance processes in partial cutting prescriptions. 

Heather was the primary link to the variety of project clients, and coordinated communication between the client/stakeholder group and the project. She drew on her first-hand experience with the forest management in the study area to provide input on the potential implications of climate change on forest management, provided assistance on the forest management aspects of the resilience analysis framework, and participated in the development of adaption options. She also contributed to the final reports.



Cindy Pearce, M.Sc., RPF

Cindy is a forester who has a range of experience in forest education and the human and community dimensions of natural resource management in BC. For over 25 years Cindy has worked with a variety of clients including local, provincial and federal governments, industry and not-for profit organizations. As the principal of Mountain Labyrinths Resource Consulting in Revelstoke Cindy now takes on assignments aimed at creating sustainable futures for forest-based communities. Recent projects include community planning and reporting, forest product certification assessment, wildfire preparedness planning and mountain caribou recovery. For almost five years her work has been substantially focused on climate change adaptation planning for forest based communities in the Columbia Basin of BC and across Canada.  

Cindy was responsible for working with a team of advisors to explore the social drivers in climate change adaptation in the West Kootenay forest sector and she assisted with the project workshops. She was a key contributor to the final reports. She was also responsible for the community activities in the Kamloops TSA FFESC project and provided contacts between these projects. 



Mike Stolte, MA

Mike Stolte is the Executive Director of the Nelson-based Centre for Innovative & Entrepreneurial Leadership (CIEL – www.theCIEL.com).  He is the originator and co-creator  of the Business Vitality Initiative, the Community Vitality Initiative, the Communities Matrix, the Community Check-up, and the Green Light Check-Up (readiness for sustainability/smart planning for communities), all tools and processes to assess and strengthen communities.  Mike is the past president of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. He serves on the advisory committee of the Canadian Rural Research Network and is a past member of the Co-operative Development Initiative of Canada.  He holds degrees from Carleton University (MA in Public Administration) and the University of Western Ontario (Economics).  

Mike was the project lead on the client/stakeholder survey and client consultation. He participated in designing and compiling the initial participant surveys.

 The Project Team
Resilience and Climate Change

Adaptation Potential for Ecosystems and Forest Management in Southeastern BC