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Congratulations to Roseanna Gamlen-Greene for being awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
Seventeen doctoral students at UBC have received a Vanier Canada Graduate Fellowship, and 10 postdoctoral fellows have received a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Wildfire 2017
BC’s extreme wildfire season of 2017 is not an isolated event. It is part of a global trend of increasing area burned and extreme fire behaviour resulting in megafires with tremendous social, ecological and economic costs – as witnessed in recent years in western Canada, the USA, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, India, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Italy, France…


Congratulations to Yousry El-Kassaby for receiving the 2017 Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award
Yousry El-Kassaby has been selected by the Canadian Institute of Forestry as the 2017 recipient of the Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award.


Congratulations to Sally Aitken for being named as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Sally Aitken has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Life Science Division. This award recognizes Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field.


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.