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Phil Burke is a long-time valley resident and range agrologist. He worked for the local office of the BC Ministry of Forests and Range for 30 years where he oversaw grazing and noxious weed control on crown land. One of the tools he utilized was the use of fire to maintain biodiversity on the landscape, reduce the risk of wildfire and enhance grazing for both wildlife and cattle.

Peter Holmes was an Ecosystem Biologist for the provincial government for 26 years until his retirement in 2017. He conducted assessments for a wide range of industrial, commercial and recreational activities throughout the East Kootenays. Peter was also the regional coordinator for establishing protection measures for threatened and endangered species.

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