Director of Operations
Terry became a Director of VITA in 2014 after acting as an informal representative in the Comox Valley for a couple of years. In the prior 7 years, Terry had been building trails on the slopes above the Comox Valley for both mountain bikers and hikers. Indeed, mountain biking was a passion of his for a decade or more, replacing trail running to take it easier on his aging joints (now 77). Terry has hiked and backpacked around the Province since the 1960’s. The Stein valley was a particular interest in the 70’s – exploring and writing of the valley prior to its establishment as a wilderness park. In his working life, Terry was an independent consultant for over 40 years, dba ‘Consulting in Soils and Land Use’. This followed his education in forestry and soil science at UBC. As a consultant, Terry worked on projects in forestry, agriculture, transportation and regional planning, and more recently with utilities including a ‘wind farm’. In the 70’s, he assisted the BC Land Commission during the establishment of Agriculture Land Reserves throughout B.C. and in the 90’s, Terry served as a member of the Scientific Panel for Sustainable Forest Practices in Clayoquot Sound, which brought major changes to forest management in coastal B.C. In the years leading up to his retirement a few years ago, Terry was involved in the implementation of Ecosystem-based Management in the ‘Great Bear Rain Forest’ of central and north coast B.C.
Terry believes the Trail will become a great way for both residents and visitors to learn about and appreciate the natural, cultural and historical diversity of the jewel that we know as Vancouver Island. As a Director of VITA, his focus is on operations – the planning and building of the Trail.