According to the British Columbia Ministry of Forests and Range, each of the 23 stunning wood podiums used at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games tells a unique story of the people and communities of British Columbia.
The podiums are built from 18 distinct wood types, and the wood for each podium was harvested and donated from a specific area in the province. Donors include family run woodlots, First Nations, communities, small business and world leaders in sustainable forest products. The podiums provide insight to British Columbia’s culture and geography, including the 10,000-year history of First Nations, forests managed by local communities and the importance of forestry to the Province’s economy.
Profiles for each of the 23 podiums, including the community, donor and wood type are posted at www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/Olympics/podiums. The wood podiums highlight the importance of forestry in British Columbia. The province is a global leader in sustainable forest management and the world’s largest exporter of softwood lumber, paper and bio-energy products that help mitigate climate change and provide innovative solutions to green building and energy needs.