We are Pioneer Forest Consulting

SAFE certifiedPIONEER is a company in demand, a company with a reputation for professionalism, high quality work, and cost competitiveness. Today, we are seeing tremendous changes in the forest industry with pressures on timber supply, changing markets, and rising costs.  Having a company that can provide you with what you need when you need it is vitally important so you can react to market conditions and improve your bottom line.  We can do that for you.

As a company we will move forward over the next ten years with the resolve and focus to build on our past accomplishments, and with a strong vision for a vibrant, responsible, sustainable tomorrow.

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Pioneer Forest Consulting Team in the snow

Over 21 Years in Business

Pioneer Forest Consulting has been in operation since the spring of 1997.

Dedicated Staff

Our employees are a dedicated group of resource professionals.

A Full Line of Services

We provide a full line of forestry and forestry consulting services.

Our Team

Mark Dascher Pioneer Forest ConsultingMark Dascher, RPF

President

I have worked in the forest industry since 1986.  Starting in the fire fighting field with helitack and rapattack.  From there I took my forest tech diploma and later my degree in Forestry.  I have consulted for years as well as working as a forester for industry.  I truly enjoy the field of forestry consulting and along with my wife and three young children we enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and everything it has to offer.

trent rivet

Trent Rivet, RFT

Operations Manager

10+ years with Pioneer Forest Consulting Ltd

With 20+ years of experience in the Forest Industry, Trent is a graduate from the Forest Technology Program at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC.  Trent first came to Pioneer as a Senior Layout Tech.  Over the years he has taken on the lead roles in forest planning and other projects such as ROW clearing for BC Hydro.  Trent later became the Operations Manager for Pioneer which requires taking on the day to day operations of the company.  In his spare time he can be found enjoying the outdoors, such skiing, hiking and camping with his wife and two boys.

Claude Schweizer, RPF

Claude Schweizer, RPF

Project Manager

  • 1995 Selkirk College Forestry Diploma
  • 2000 UNBC Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management –Forestry
  • 2004 RPF Accreditation
  • 1997 Joined Pioneer Forest Consulting Ltd.

Forestry has truly allowed me to combine work and my passion for the outdoors. In the process, I met a wide range of incredible people from clients, the public, and fellow forestry workers. Over the years, I have also been very fortunate to be involved in a wide variety of forestry projects. I am really looking forward to meet new people, discover new places, and to work on new forestry projects where I can continue to gain and share professional knowledge.

Gardie Newman

Gardie Newman

GIS Manager

Born and raised in Prince George. Graduated College of New Caledonia with Forest Resource Technology diploma. Moved to Golden in 1990. During this time GIS and GPS Technologies were being perfected and implemented in forestry. I have been fortunate to be trained in many different platforms since the inception of GIS and GPS. I bring 27 years of expertise in GIS and data management to every project.

Outside of work I enjoy camping, sailing, travel, fishing, skiing and my Grandchildren.

ryan jonesRyan Jones, RFT

Senior Forest Engineer

I have been with Pioneer for 11 years and in the forest industry for 18 years. I cut my teeth in the Golden and Revelstoke areas and have truly enjoyed the challenge and adventure that this region has to offer. We have great diversity in this company, which allows us to tackle a broad spectrum of work. This in turn keeps the job exciting and offers new learning experiences for all of us. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, motorsports, and any adventure.

Shiloh Zayac

Shiloh Zayac, BNRSc, FIT

Safety Coordinator

I love spending time in the mountains and forests, so I chose a career in forestry and Golden as my home. I’ve been working in the forest industry since 1995, with varied experience including silviculture, timber cruising, layout and supervision. I have a Bachelor of Natural Resource Sciences from Thompson Rivers University and I am currently a forester in training. I enjoy spending time with my family as well as mountain biking, skiing, hiking, hunting and growing food.

jeremy

Jeremy Mayne

Senior Timber Cruiser

Jeremy has worked for Pioneer Forest Consulting for the past 14 years. With over 20 years of experience in the forest industry in and around the Columbia Valley region, Jeremy has acquired a lot of local knowledge and experience. Jeremy has used that local knowledge and experience to specialize in the field of Timber Cruising. Outside work his enthusiasm for the outdoors keeps him busy entertaining various outdoor activities.

kyle gilchrist

Kyle Gilchrist

Forest Technician

Kyle has been an employee with Pioneer Forest Consulting since 2016 and working within the industry since 2014. His role in the company includes cut block development, tree planting, and timber cruising. He is an accredited silviculture surveyor, danger tree assessor, and a level 3 first aid attendant. During his spare time Kyle can be found ski touring, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing.

Lara Phillips

Lara Phillips

Senior Timber Cruiser

I’m a Forestry Technician graduate from Fleming College, who grew up in southern Ontario. I started out fir-beetle probing and assisting with cutblock development in the Caribou. I’ve since relocated to Golden for an opportunity with Pioneer, working as a timber cruiser and junior layout technician. Outside of work, my time is filled with all kinds of mountain adventures – bike rides, rock climbs, ski tours, and backcountry hikes.

jared frasca employee profile

Jared Frasca

Forest Technician

I am a student currently furthering my studies in forestry and forest engineering. For the past four summers I have worked within the forest industry and this is my second season working with Pioneer Forest Consulting. Through working with Pioneer I have learned many important field skills and am learning technical  forestry practices such as timber cruising, layout and GPS operations. I really enjoy working in the forest sector and on my own time I enjoy playing hockey, skiing, dirtbiking and fishing.

Ben Arlt BSc, FIT

Ben Arlt BSc, FIT

Forest Technician

I started at Pioneer Forest Consulting in 2018 after completing my Bachelor of Science in Geography at the University of Calgary and am currently working towards becoming an RPF.  I really enjoy working at Pioneer on the various projects they take on, and being able apply my love for the outdoors.  Outside of work I like to go skiing, hiking, fishing, camping, and hunting.

A Showcase for Our Work

As a company, we will move forward over the next ten years with the resolve and focus to build on our past accomplishments, and with a strong vision for a vibrant, responsible, sustainable tomorrow.

A full line of services

Dedicated staff

We not only honor commitments, but are known for meeting tough deadlines while delivering nothing but the best.

Check Our Projects

Forestry Consulting Done Right!

Pioneer Forest Consulting has been in operation since the spring of 1996 marking this as our 21st year in business.  Over that time we have seen several changes in the industry and considerable developments in technology.  Pioneer prides itself on staying on the leading edge of technological advancements in our industry so we can provide our clients with a better product at reduced costs.

   Our Team

Pioneer has a fulltime staff of 20 including GIS technicians, RPF’s, and RFT’s.  Pioneer’s employees are a dedicated group of resource professionals committed to providing our clients what they want, when they want it, for a competitive price.

   Our Mission

We strive to maintain the highest standards while exceeding client’s expectations at all levels. We not only honor commitments, but are known for meeting tough deadlines while delivering nothing but the best. We aim to create a responsive client relationship that allows us to meet and even exceed the goals of each of our projects.

   Our Vision

As a company, we will move forward over the next ten years with the resolve and focus to build on our past accomplishments, and with a strong vision for a vibrant, responsible, sustainable tomorrow.