Forestry’s Day in the Woods (Alumni Event)

When was the last time that you visited the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest? Join us on Sunday April 28th, 2019 for this annual alumni tradition. Learn about the latest research projects, send your kids (aged 4-12) to learn how to survive in the wild, view one of the few remaining fully restored steam donkeys, watch our students battle it out in a logger sports demonstration, and then settle in for a reception and gourmet BBQ dinner.


Sunday April 28th, 2019 

2:00pm – 7:00pm

Malcolm Knapp Research Forest

14500 Silver Valley Rd.

Maple Ridge, BC


Event Timeline

1:30 pm Registration Opens (Participants meet at the front gate)

2:10 pm Re-dedication of the Steam Donkey

2:10 pm Kids activity begins

2:30 pm Feature speaker – Dr. Cole Burton

3:20 pm Feature speaker and & kids activities conclude

3:20 pm Participants drive to Look Lake

3:40 pm Logger sports demonstration

4:00 pm Reception at Koerner Lodge

5:30 pm Dinner at Bentley Family Hall

7:00 pm Event concludes


Activity Descriptions

Steam-Donkey Re-Dedication

The steam-donkey on display in the Malcom Knapp Research Forest was first discovered and resorted by the class of ’75. After spending an additional 44 years outdoors it was in need of some repair.  Now that the repairs have been completed join us for a rededication ceremony and learn more about this classic piece of forestry machinery. You can read about the history of the Steam Donkey in the Malcom Knapp Research Forest here –

Featured Speaker Dr. Cole Burton

Join Featured Speaker Dr. Burton as he outlines his innovative research taking place at the Malcom Knapp Research Forest.

Dr. Cole Burton – Dr. Burton is an Assistant Professor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in the Department of Forest Resource Management and Canadian Research Chair in Terrestrial Mammal Conservation. Cole’s research is motivated by the challenge of human-wildlife coexistence on an increasingly crowded planet. He seeks to support evidence-based policy decisions through an understanding of wildlife responses to a changing environment. Cole specializes in studying terrestrial mammals using innovative monitoring methods, including camera “traps”, and has a particular interest in the conservation of large carnivores prone to conflict with people. He has worked collaboratively with governments, industries, ENGO’s and academics in Canadian and international contexts. He has an MSc in Zoology from UBC and a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Cole is leading the Wildlife Coexistence Lab at UBC, and teaching courses in wildlife ecology, management and conservation.

Children’s Activity (Ages 4-12. Parent participation is not required) 

Does your kid have what it takes to survive the wild? During the Wild & Immersive’s Survive the Wild module, they will learn basic survival knowledge for the outdoor explorer. They will learn how to build a shelter, tie knots, make a fire, and identify useful local plants. What to bring: close-toed shoes (preferably hiking shoes), layers, waterproof clothing, warm clothing, gloves, hat, water bottle, and sunscreen. (20 participants max. Pre-registration is required). Please contact if you have any questions or concerns regarding the activity.

Logger Sports Demonstration

In 2014, UBC students revived logger sports, which had been in decline since their 1970s heyday. The Thunderjacks now practice and compete regularly on the U.S. college circuit. Watch the team along with students participating in spring camp demonstrate their skills.

Reception and Dinner

Hosted by the Dean and catered by Loon Lake’s head chef Karim Farahbakhchian. This dinner and reception are always a highlight and are not to be missed!

Wildfires: Causes, Consequences and Coexistence – In Victoria

Wednesday, May 1st | 6:00-8:30 pm

Doors – 6:00 pm | Program – 6:30 pm | Reception – 7:15 pm

Delta Ocean Pointe Resort | 100 Harbour Rd, Victoria, BC – map

Wildfire is an essential process in forest ecosystems, but can be incredibly destructive in the wildland-urban interface. Wildfire is driven by climate, weather and fuels that vary among ecosystems and through time. The combination of land-use change, fire exclusion and global warming have made many forests highly susceptible to intense fires that are difficult to control and contain. Revolutionizing forest and fire management will improve ecosystem resilience to climate change, but we will not stop future fires from burning. Successful adaptation must also include individuals and communities learning how to coexist with wildfire. What does this mean for the upcoming fire season in British Columbia? Are there specific fire risks we need to pay attention to in the Capital Regional District?

Join fellow UBC alumni and friends in Victoria to hear from the UBC Faculty of Forestry’s Professor Lori Daniels, followed by a Q&A that will be moderated by UBC’s President & Vice-Chancellor, Professor Santa J. Ono. Following the program, mix and mingle at the reception.

Presented by alumni UBC  in partnership with UBC Faculty of Forestry.

Guests are welcome. Advance registration is required. [REGISTER HERE]


Wildfire: States of Emergency (PODCAST)

The podcast from our Wildfire: States of Emergency event is now available. Recorded on October 15, 2018 in Kelowna, BC. [LISTEN HERE]

UBC Faculty of Forestry in partnership with alumni UBC invited you to attend ‘Wildfire: States or Emergency’ to events in Kelowna and Vancouver to hear from experts at the forefront of wildfire research, fire risk identification and mitigation, and wildfire policy. To learn why British Columbia experienced two record-setting fire seasons in a row, how climate change is influencing the likelihood of wildfires, and how our province can learn from California’s past decade of fighting megafires.



Questions? Contact Michelle Lindsay at or 604-827-0297.

Photos from our latest event – Wildfire: States of Emergency (Vancouver) – October 16, 2018

2017 Loon Lake Alumni BBQ & Tour