The Faculty of Forestry is a passionate advocate for enriched educational experiences for our students. We truly believe that students have the most impactful and complete educational experience when they have a rich and varied learning environment that extends well beyond the classroom and includes hands-on learning in a community environment. Learn More
Help UBC students focus on their studies and reach their potential by donating to the Faculty of Forestry Bursary… Learn More
Field school is an important milestone in a student’s forestry education. After three years of classroom courses in basic sciences, ecology, silviculture, hydrology, and much more, field school moves the learning environment to the forest. Learn More
Priority Project Areas
Building Research Capacity
In the Faculty of Forestry, research has two roles: it is the key to identifying and defining problems, and is also the key to solving them. Research creates new knowledge, drives innovation and fosters an engaged intellectual community in our Faculty. The application of research contributes to the environmental, social and economic well-being of society. Learn More
UBC Forestry has demonstrated research excellence in a number of areas, such as:
- Forest products biotechnology and bioenergy
- Forest genetics and genomics
- Microbiology and landscape ecology
- Soil Science and entomology
- Forest management and forest policy
- Business operations and management
- Climate change and advanced landscape planning
- Conservation sciences and sustainability
- Wood anatomy and technology
- Aboriginal forestry and silviculture
- Urban forestry and international forestry
Since a peak in the mid-1990s, there has been a steady squeeze on the amount of research funding available to the Faculty due to government and associated agency cutbacks. This is most evident in the levels of provincial government funding allocated to forestry research, which has now been eliminated altogether.
We must increasingly look to private philanthropy in order to maintain the level of research excellence upon which scientists, foresters and industry professionals depend.
Enriching Student Learning
There are no forests in lecture halls, and none in labs. Students in the Faculty of Forestry must literally “get out of town” in order to apply what they are learning at UBC. Studying, volunteering and working in the field makes the theoretical practical, makes the abstract real, and breathes life into the science and art of forestry. Learn More
Enriched educational experiences (E3’s) give students the opportunity to pursue their interests in a completely different natural, cultural and economic environment. Often they take the form of student exchange programs, field school, or volunteering/internships. Invariably, they come back to UBC with new awareness, new perspectives and new knowledge that they could not have acquired in a lecture or lab on campus.
The impact of an E3 on students varies, from “really valuable” to “life-changing”. And that impact continues through the rest of a student’s program at UBC and extends into their career. For all the value that an E3 delivers, it doesn’t come cheap. Students must pay their way, including travel and living expenses, and tuition for those on a university exchange.
The Faculty of Forestry wants to make E3s more affordable to students, and we invite you to join with us to achieve this objective.
Your support of E3s can take many forms:
- Student exchange programs
- Field study, through field schools or enabling courses to include a hands-on component
- Community Service Learning opportunities
- and many more
Your support can help more students extend, explore and apply their learning in the forests of BC, Canada and the world.
The Faculty recognises that engaging alumni, industry, forest-dependent communities, Aboriginal peoples, associations, government and non-governmental organisations and the wider community at large, both in Canada and internationally is vital to building a sustainable future for forestry and tackling conservation issues. Learn More
The Faculty is seeking support to continue building on the momentum generated in recent years for initiatives such as:
- Expanding our Community Extension Programme to visit with community forest organisations and Aboriginal communities to provide forest management advice.
- Continued maintenance and upgrading of the Faculty’s Alex Fraser and Malcolm Knapp Research Forests – our core linkages into the community.
- Establishing a natural resources and business research cluster to work with Aboriginal communities on forest related capacity building projects.
- Provide opportunities for increased number of undergraduate and graduate students to have vocational and work placements with community-based organisations.
- Convening national and international workshops and public lectures to encourage public discourse and exchange knowledge.
The opportunities are vast and the impact is huge. Please get in touch to see how you can support these initiatives or discuss how you would like to make a difference. Contact Emma Tully at 604-822-8716.
The BC Big Tree Registry was initiated in 1980 by Randy Stoltman, a young tree-enthusiast who gave one of his first lists of big trees in Stanley Park to the Vancouver Park Board. Six years later the registry was formally established by the BC Forestry Association. Learn More
The Loon Lake Research and Education Centre, located within the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge was established in 1948 to accommodate UBC Forestry students on their annual field training. Learn More
Helping current students and attracting outstanding prospective students is a top priority for the Faculty of Forestry. We aim to recognize, encourage and reduce the financial burden on students through fellowships, scholarships, awards and bursaries. Learn More