Jim Clark Interview: Woodlands Manager

About James “Jim” Clark

Jim Clark’s career at Hinton started in 1955, as assistant chief forester. In 1966, he was assistant woodlands manager to Stan Hart, when he resigned to become woods manager for the new pulpmill being developed in Prince Albert Saskatchewan by Parsons and Whittemore. When Stan Hart left Hinton in 1968 to return to a St. Regis operation in Maine, Jim Clark was hired back to replace him as woodlands manager, where he remained until he retired in 1985.

Among his other accomplishments, he served terms as president of the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF), as well as the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA). He is also credited with providing the inspiration as well as the organizational resources to design and implement a forestry/wildlife program at the Hinton forest, the first such industrial program in Alberta.

About the Forest History Program Interview Series

Between 1997 and 2000, the Forest History Program conducted 33 interviews with various people who played important roles in, or were connected otherwise with the development of the remarkable forest management operation at the Hinton Forest of Weldwood of Canada. These were background information that would be used in a series of books and reports that would follow, all initiated by one book project linked to Weldwood’s 40th anniversary celebrations in Hinton in 1997. Some of these interviews are posted to the fRI Research website for general reading, others are available only with permission for research purposes. All interviews were professionally edited to retain content but improve clarity.