Inducted in 2015
Arden Whidden completed a Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the University of New Brunswick and committed his career to improving opportunities for private land forest management and for advancing forestry education. As a Director in the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Arden was a strong proponent for forest management programs to assist the small, private woodland owners. Arden also promoted certified training programs to provide woodland owners with well-trained silviculture workers that continue to this day to positively influence the forestry sector. Throughout his career and continuing on during retirement, Arden has championed forestry education for both students and private woodland owners. He was a driving force behind the Nova Scotia Forestry Association and its school challenge, “Envirothon”. Arden advanced forestry issues professionally as national president of the Canadian Institute of Forestry and was awarded the CIF National Tree of Life Award recognizing individuals who have made superior contributions to sustainable forest resource management.