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Update from the Alex Fraser Research Forest
On July 7, 2017 a dry lightning storm went through the Cariboo, touching off many wildfires, including seven fires within the Gavin Lake Block of the Alex Fraser Research Forest. More than a month has gone by and six of the seven fires are still under active suppression.


Trees can make or break city weather
Even a single urban tree can help moderate wind speeds and keep pedestrians comfortable as they walk down the street, according to a new University of British Columbia study that also found losing a single tree can increase wind pressure on nearby buildings and drive up heating costs.


UBC Faculty of Forestry seeking world’s best and brightest applicants for $280,000 Future Forests Fellowship
The Faculty of Forestry is proud to announce that the Future Forests Fellowship has been renewed for a second 4-year period beginning in September 2018. This prestigious award is the largest in the world for an incoming PhD student, providing $280,000 over 4 years. The Future Forests Fellowship is made possible by a private Canadian […]


Active Wildfires Cause Intense Feelings for Research Forest Manager
July 18, 2017 This article was written by Ken Day, Manager, Alex Fraser Research Forest On Friday afternoon July 7, 2017 I was sitting at my desk, looking at a dark sky with concern.  “Looks like a stormy sky” I thought.  Returning to my work on the computer screen I didn’t hear a dry lightning […]


Congratulations Sophia Yang on being named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 – 2017
When Sophia Yang was 11 years old, she read an interview with David Suzuki about what youth can do to raise awareness about climate change. It was an entrancing article that’s been in her mind to this day, and prompted her interest into climate change and sustainability. She kept reading, learning and eventually led a […]


Update on Alex Fraser Research Forest Fires
Over the past fortnight, our Research Forest staff and others having been working exceptionally hard and under extremely difficult conditions to control the wildfires that have been ignited by lightning in the Alex Fraser Research Forest. This has not only involved Alex Fraser Research Forest staff, but also staff from the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. In addition, a number of contractors have been involved. The circumstances have been particularly tough for the Williams Lake staff, as some have been cut off from their homes by road closures, and there has been the constant threat of evacuation. That threat became reality on Saturday evening, when an evacuation order was issued for Williams Lake and surrounding areas. All our staff and associated crews have been evacuated and at the time of writing are headed to Prince George, as the fires have prevented them from moving south.


#BCWildFire – Summary
Last updated: July 20, 2017 BC wildfire Evacuee Kylie Green (Alex Fraser Research Forest staff) fled to Williams Lake, B-C. Days later, the flames were on the city’s doorstep. Listen to the audio. What’s fueling BC Wildfires? Wildfire expert Lori Daniels says that the hot and dry weather in the central U.S. and the the […]


National Aboriginal Day 2017
Today, and everyday, the Faculty of Forestry honors the Musqueam people, on whose traditional, ancestral and unceded territory we do our work. UBC Forestry has the privilege of working with many Indigenous communities from geographically diverse territories. In honour of these communities and National Aboriginal History month, we would like to highlight some of these research projects taking place around the world.


Congratulations to Laura Vang Rasmussen for being awarded a 2016/17 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship
Laura Vang Rasmussenm under the supervision of Jeanine Rhemtulla in the Landscapes and Livelihoods lab, will research the relation between agricultural intensification and expansion and dietary quality.


Canada urged to use vast low carbon energy resources for major new economic engine
National network of scientists, engineers, social scientists and planners examines how Canada could act to limit global warming while remaining economically competitive Ottawa, May 26 2017 – According to a new report co-authored by 71 university researchers from all 10 provinces, decreased demand for fossil fuels over the coming decades could significantly reduce inward investment […]