To acknowledge predecessors accomplishments Wildland Fire Canada started an awards ceremony in 2012 for each biennial conference. A three-person committee, comprised of representatives from CIFCC, CFS and the agency sponsoring the conference, will review the nominations and select the successful recipient for the Wright and Beall Awards. Past recipients of these prestigious awards are listed below.
The Wright Award recognizes excellence in wildland fire research, and its significant contribution to the advancement of wildfire management in Canada.
This biennial award is named after James G. Wright who established a fire research program within the Dominion Forest Service (now the Canadian Forest Service) in 1925. His early fire-hazard research at the Petawawa Forest Experiment Station laid the foundation for the development of the current Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS).
The Wildland Fire Canada Conference Series is accepting nominations for the Wright Award. The inaugural award will be presented at the Wildland Fire Canada Conferences.
The Beall Award recognizes excellence in fostering and supporting wildland fire research, and adopting the results and tools to advance operational fire management in Canada. This biennial award is established to acknowledge the outstanding application of fire science and technology within the fire management community in Canada.
This award is named after Herb W. Beall who was hired by James Wright in 1928 as a summer student to install duff hygrometers at the Petawawa Forest Experiment Station. Beall developed a strong relationship with the provincial and territorial fire management agencies, and understood their needs and priorities. On December 3, 2000, Beall received the Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his distinguished career with the Canadian Forest Service.
The Wildland Fire Canada Conference Series is accepting nominations for the Beall Award.