Twenty-two graduate students and instructors from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) visited ALRF on October 9th as part of a two-week intensive field course. Coordinated in partnership between SLU and the UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest, the group traveled through BC’s lower mainland and the Interior to speak with various forest practitioners and learn about our diverse management issues. In addition to touring the ALRF, the students’ two-day stay in Prince George included pine forests and caribou habitat near Bear Lake, as well as a visit to the Ancient Forest before continuing on to the McBride Community Forest.
ALRF staff and a group of UNBC students were visiting a teaching site in a shelterwood harvest treatment in late August when someone noticed a bird nest located in a short but very branchy birch tree. The site has been actively browsed by moose ever since the 18 ha block was harvested in winter 1994/95. The browse in this area was so extensive that the moose were basically controlling the brush, making room for the planted spruce to grow in the understory.
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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.