Photo by Lucas Jmieff
Photo: Lucas Jmief

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Board Director

Creston Valley Branch

Born and raised in rural west central Minnesota, Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Forestry in 1969, married Sandy and headed west. Over the following 30 years he worked various industry and government positions from Prince George and Burns Lake, to Creston and Vernon and back to Creston again. Throughout most of this experience Jim was fortunate to work with people who “saw the forest through the trees.” In the late 1990’s he was drawn to the new vision of community forestry and finished his forestry career working with wonderful people in Creston, Harrop Proctor and the Slocan Valley. Jim says, “The whole 40 years has been risky, meaningful and fun. I wouldn’t change it….”