Doctors learn in teaching hospitals… natural resource managers learn in the woods.
Last week, ALRF hosted nine UNBC students enrolled in the Field Applications in Resource Management course taught annually by Roy Rea, Senior Lab Instructor, UNBC Ecosystem Science and Management Program. This is by no means your basic field skills training. It is an advanced level, 3rd year course where students are pushed to apply their university training to address real-life, diverse, complex, and sometimes contentious natural resource management problems.
Students are taught through hands-on modules (from 2 to 4 per day) led by both faculty and natural resource practitioners ranging from forestry to guide-outfitting to mining. And it’s not all about hard science either, students are taught soft skills including concepts in multi-stakholder consensus-building and the social and spiritual importance of the environment to First Nations people. The UNBC students themselves represent several disciplines including Forestry, Environmental Science and Biology Majors, which promotes peer-learning.