The Faculty of Forestry, though the Community Forest Summer Work Term Awards, is offering funding for students to work in community forests. This opportunity is made possible through a generous donation from an anonymous donor. These paid work experiences provide valuable practical skills for Faculty of Forestry undergraduate students, and support community forestry.
Khowutzun Forest Services and Burns Lake Community Forest are the selected recipients for 2018 and will each host 2 students in the summer of 2018. Students can apply for the internships through the Forestry Hub (deadline January 15, 2018) or contact Chiara Longhi for more information.
The Creston Valley Forest Corporation (CVFC) and Kaslo and District Community Forest Society were the selected recipients for 2017 Community Forest Summer Work Term Awards. Below are reports from the 2017 students.
Rachel Amundsen – 3rd year Natural Resources Conservation student
“The first day on the job went above and beyond my expectations and I received a warm welcome from the staff. Within the first week I was already learning a lot about how the Community Forest works and recreational trail maintenance. My learning continued on until the very end.
The Creston Community Forest is involved in recreational trails around the town of Creston, fuel mitigation around the town, forest education for students and helping residents fire-smart their homes.
Over the course of the work term, I was taught how to do pre and post-harvesting development working closely with my manager. I was taught how to do road layout, boundary layout, deflection lines for cable logging, silviculture prescription and timber cruising for pre-harvest. For post-harvest, I was taught how to plant trees (harder said than done I found out), perform planting pay plot surveys, multi-story surveys, and stocking surveys. I also helped maintain recreational trails and coordinate field trips for students.
Prior to this Co-op work term, I did not have many skills for forestry work. Now, I can confidently say I have many skills. I can perform silviculture prescriptions which help in slope stability for forestry roads. I can look at forest stands and identify areas to be harvested. I was taught how to properly use equipment such as a compass, clinometer, and an increment borer. I can confidently perform silviculture and planting surveys with efficiency and accuracy. I have learned far more than I thought at the beginning of the work term and I appreciate every skill I have acquired.”
Jane Ho – 4th year Urban Forestry student
“I am grateful for this opportunity to work as a summer student at the CVFC. Through this experience, I was able to learn a lot about the concept of community forestry and the interested stakeholders that are involved. Working for the CVFC, I came to realize that although forests are highly valued for their timber, recreation and education are just as important in terms of impacts on human wellbeing.
In my position as a summer student, I have duties related to the different stages of the harvesting cycle. My responsibilities included boundary and road layout, SP data collection, GPS data collection, timber cruising, planting, ribboning planting boundaries, the maintenance of forest roads, conducting planting pay plot surveys, and silviculture surveys.
This job exposed me to a wide range of facets in Forestry. Whether I decide to pursue a career in urban forestry or traditional forestry in the future, this summer’s work experience has allowed me to develop technical and transferable skills.”
“Kaslo community forest is managed with sensitivity to diverse opinions and priorities. Their plans strive to encompass the needs and wants of the entire community. It has been a great experience to be part of the community’s ambition to remain economically independent all while remaining faithful stewards of their ancestral lands.
We were responsible for conducting and assisting our supervisor in many aspects of forest long-term development planning, including: field reconnaissance, road and cut-block layout, mapping, total harvest chance planning, stream and water surveys, and free growing surveys.
We have gained a vast array of skills and knowledge, both personal and professional.”