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Celebrated BC Forestry Author Ken Drushka Dies


May 18, 2004

On May 6, 2004, British Columbia lost a leading forestry author and an impassioned advocate of sustainable forest management when Ken Drushka died peacefully in his home at the age of 63. Drushka’s twin histories, Working in the Woods and Tie Hackers to Timber Harvesters, remain the standard references in the BC forest industry and his pioneering book, Stumped, was a landmark in the public debate on BC forest policy. “His untimely loss leaves a hole in our literature that will not soon be filled,” said Howard White, President of Harbour Publishing. Drushka had a long and storied career as a journalist and historian. During his years with The Globe and Mail and later as editor of BC Reports, he was known as an outspoken debunker of political perfidy. Drushka has been a logger, silviculture contractor, and sawmill operator, as well as a columnist on forestry policy for BC newspapers and magazines.
Drushka’s books include the BC bestsellers Working in the Woods: A History of Logging on the West Coast plus In the Bight: The BC Forest Industry Today, Tie Hackers to Timber Harvesters: The History of Logging in BC's Interior and H.R.: A Biography of H.R. MacMillan, which won the 1996 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional BC Book Prize. He is also co-author, with Ian Mahood, of Three Men and a Forester.
In February 2004, Drushka was named an honorary member of the Association of BC Professional Foresters. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to forestry but who are not members of the association.