The history of the Faculty of Forestry at UBC is unique. Professors, staff, and fellow Forestry alumni are very proud of the achievements and contributions, they have made over the years.
UBC officially established with three Faculties: Arts and Science, Applied Science, and Agriculture
First forestry course implemented at UBC: a four-week course allowing returning war veterans to qualify as forest guards
Department of Forestry authorized at UBC.
UBC’s first B.A.Sc. degrees (Forest Engineering) awarded
First M.A.Sc (Forest Engineering) awarded
UBC Research Forest in Haney, BC obtained
Four-year B.S.F. program authorized
Master of Forestry and Ph.D programs authorized
Faculty of Forestry established
The Canadian Institute of Forestry’s (CIF) main objective is to welcome students to the forestry profession. One way they accomplish this is by offering the Silver Ring marked with a raised tree to each graduating student from an accredited Canadian forestry program. The very first Ring Ceremony was held in 1953 by the UBC Forestry graduating class. By 1967 it became a tradition for all Forestry graduates across Canada to receive a Silver Ring.
This date signifies the welcoming of the Sopron students and staff to the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. The students of the Sopron School of Forestry in Hungary were forced to flee their homeland when the anti-Soviet Revolution failed. The Dean of the Sopron School of Forestry sent letters to 20 countries explaining the necessity for a new home to allow the current students to complete their degrees. The Faculty of Forestry at UBC offered a place for the Sopron students to finish their forestry studies.
Incorporating the Soprons into the Faculty was a major alteration as the Sopron School had 50% more students and three times the number of instructors than the current UBC Faculty at the time. This move was also difficult for the Sopron students who were forced to learn English and immerse themselves in Western culture as quickly as possible. Despite these difficulties, this mass immigration provided BC with a new perspective on forestry and a major contribution to the industry.
Forest Engineers degree program suspended
Departments of Forest Resources Management, Harvesting and Wood Science and Forest Science are established
Majors in Harvesting and Forest Resources Management introduced to the B.S.F. program. Majors in Wood Science and Industry and Forest Science introduced to B.Sc.
Faculty of Forestry acquires the Alex Fraser Research Forest in Williams Lake
NRC program authorized and established
Forest Sciences Centre completed to house the Faculty of Forestry
UBC and UNBC enter an agreement to jointly manage the Aleza Lake Research Forest
Co-op Program is established for all five of the Faculty’s degree programs
Department of Forest Sciences name change to the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
New Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM) program authorized and established
MSFM program accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board
New Master of International Forestry (MIF) program authorized
MIF program established
New Bachelor of Urban Forestry (BUF) program authorized and established
Much of this information has been derived from:
Smith, J. Harry G., UBC Forestry 1921-1990: An Informal History. Vancouver : Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, 1990. For further information or copies of this book please contact Dr Susan Watts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-822-6316.