UBC gains $32.6 million in funding for genomic-based forestry research
The University of British Columbia welcomed the announcement of $32.6 million in funding from Genome Canada and Genome BC for four research projects aimed at making Canada’s forests healthier and more economically productive. Announced today at UBC’s Vancouver campus, the funding will support research in the departments of botany, and microbiology and immunology, and in the Faculty of Forestry.

2011 Excellence in Fisheries Education Awarded to Dr. Scott Hinch
Dr. Scott Hinch was named the 2011 recipient of the Excellence in Fisheries Education Award, presented to him during the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Seattle,WA. The award is given “in recognition of continuous dedication to the teaching profession and personal contributions to the education of fisheries professionals”.

Careers in Forestry attracting more students
A Vancouver Sun article focuses on the growing interest in environmental sustainability in B.C.’s post-secondary schools. The Faculty of Forestry has been attracting more students due to viable career paths after graduation, and has seen a 39% increase in applications this year.

Professor Nicholas Coops’ work on solar radiation featured in NSERC Newsletter
From: NSERC InPartnership Newsletter: Volume 2 – Issue 3, August, 2011 Montréal Firm Partners with the University of British Columbia to Predict Canada’s Solar Payoff People may not think of heat when they think of Canada, but we have a lot of solar energy potential. Thanks to an NSERC Engage Grant partnership, Montréal’s Turquoise Technology Solutions Inc. […]

Suzanne Simard’s research questions practice of killing off broadleaf plants to help confiers grow
An article in the Globe and Mail highlights research from Professor Suzanne Simard's which questions the practice of spraying herbicides to remove plants thought to be choking out valuable conifers.

Unique Olympic Designs Create Interest in B.C. Trees
The VANOC Olympic Podia and Tray project (which CAWP was part of) was recently nominated as a Finalist for the Premier’s Award Promoting Innovation and Excellence.  The award ceremonies were held in Victoria in early June. Watch the presentation: YouTube Video: Premier\’s Award Provincial Finalist

Professor Steve Mitchell Op-ed in Vancouver Sun: We need a new vision to manage B.C.’s forests
Excerpt: The last time there was a broad public dialogue on forest policy in B.C. was during the Pearse Royal Commission in 1976. Since that time, we have experienced an unprecedented mountain pine beetle epidemic, the Kelowna and Lillooet firestorms, the War of the Woods in Clayoquot Sound, and a decline in the traditional forest […]

Forestry Graduate, Cornelius Motsa, featured in UBC Reports: Weighing forest conservation and need
From: UBC Reports | Vol. 57 | No. 5 | May. 6, 2011 Weighing forest conservation and need By Heather Amos Forests of his youth drive a passion for trees When Cornelius Motsa got the call to his home in Swaziland that he was accepted into UBC’s Forestry program and was the winner of an […]

Prof. Suzanne Simard talks about “Mother Trees”
Just like in Avatar, forests depend on Mother Trees for support. Prof. Suzanne Simard explains how trees are connected through an underground web of fungi.

Spring Graduation
It’s that time of year again when another group of eager students cross the stage to receive their diplomas. Following the graduation ceremony, the Faculty will be hosting a reception for graduates and their families and we’d love to have our alumni in attendance as well. If you’re interested in joining us for the cake […]