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UBC scientists help trees adapt to new conditions of a changing climate

UBC scientists help trees adapt to new conditions of a changing climate

Canadian scientists are helping trees outrun climate change.

Gulf Islands deer population hits ‘crisis’ level

Source: Vancouver Sun; Victoria Times Colonist — Too many deer threaten native plants such as Arbutus trees

Little being done to prevent urban wildfires in B.C.

Little being done to prevent urban wildfires in B.C.

Business in Vancouver: “Less than 10% of land in wooded residential areas treated for fire protection”

Austin Gess (Natural Resources Conservation)

Austin Gess (Natural Resources Conservation)

As a co-op student working for West Fraser, one of Canada’s top 100 employers, I have been given the opportunity to further develop my forestry skills in a professional, friendly environment. West Fraser has provided me with the tools and resources I need to flourish as a young worker in the forestry industry. For the past 6 months I have been working within West Fraser’s Williams Lake Division as a part of their woodlands team.

Chloe Williams (Natural Resources Conservation)

Chloe Williams (Natural Resources Conservation)

In January 2015, I left Canada’s icy landscape and moved to Stellenbosch, South Africa, to complete my last three co-op work terms. Under the mentorship of Dr Pierre Ackerman, I am working as a research assistant for the Department of Forest and Wood Science at Stellenbosch University. For the past three months, I have been involved with studies that focus on maximizing harvesting operations’ productivities and optimizing the wood supply chain.

Luca Marsaglia (Natural Resources Conservation)

Luca Marsaglia (Natural Resources Conservation)

My work is divided between the morning and the night. In the morning I have been planting trees in the tropical dry forest in the area of Chacocente according to the reforestation project initiated by LCI Nicaragua. This morning work site includes screaming monkeys and crazy looking trees. The work is challenging sometimes because it gets very hot but the landscape and the wildlife make everything worth the effort. At night I have been collecting sea turtle eggs in order to prevent predators and people from getting to them.

Grace Zheng (Forest Resources Management)

Grace Zheng (Forest Resources Management)

I completed my first 2 co-op work terms at Forsite Consultant Ltd in Kamloops, BC. I grew into this job and the friendly crew that I was working with, and continuously expanded my knowledge of the forest industry. Throughout the summer and into the fall, my position involved completing stream assessments, road traverse, silviculture prescriptions, boundary layout and GPSing for Tolko Heffely and BCTS Kamloops.

William Dao (Wood Products Processing)

William Dao (Wood Products Processing)

My time with Pacific Rim cabinets has been one of both personal and professional growth. As a member of the finishing department, I’ve had my boots on the shop floor all summer, participating in the meticulous hands-on work required to turn an idea into a finished product. Whether I’m at a bench staining pieces, or in a spray-booth painting, my day to day duties present an array of interesting challenges. There has been no shortage of opportunities to gain new skills, and every day of work has deepened my understanding of the wood products industry.

Jill Meng (Wood Products Processing)

Jill Meng (Wood Products Processing)

Working as an Export Product Coordination Co-op student at Tolko, I explored the lumber and panel sales side of the forest industry for more than four months. At the very beginning, I felt a bit overwhelmed, as all the tasks were brand new to me. But by the end I became quite confident and enjoyed what I was doing. I acquired experience in coordinating shipments from the mill to the reload and through to the end customer.