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Forest geneticist awarded royal medal

Dr. Michael Carlson, emeritus scientist with B.C.'s forestry ministry, has been awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.


February 6, 2013
By BC Government Newsroom

The medal, which commemorates the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, was presented to Carlson by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson in a ceremony at the Kalamalka Forestry Centre, in Vernon.

Carlson started working for government in 1982, eventually leading a lodgepole pine genetics research program that has had a major positive impact on reforestation in the province. He retired in 2010 but continues to work in forestry as volunteer emeritus scientist.

The Jubilee medal recognizes people who have dedicated themselves to serving their community, their country and their fellow Canadians. Over the course of the year, the B.C. government is presenting approximately 760 Jubilee medals.

“The Queen has chosen the theme of service for this milestone year, and no one is more deserving of recognition than Dr. Carlson. His work has been of tremendous service to the people of the province, and has had a lasting impact on forest genetics and forestry in British Columbia,” said Minister Thomson.