Three Forestry Projects Receive Funding Through CUES

UBC Forestry congratulates Dr. Cole Burton and PhD candidate Sarah Dickson-Hoyle who are among the recipients of the 2021-22 Community-University Engagement Support Fund.

With over $500,000 awarded to 27 projects, CUES funding aims to support community partnerships in pursuing shared projects with UBC that center around inclusive engagement to benefit communities and advance collaboration across the province.

Cole Burton
Dr. Cole Burton
Sarah Dickson-Hoyle
Sarah Dickson-Hoyle, PhD candidate

About the Projects

Project TEACH (Talking about Ecology & Aims for Conserving Habitat)

In a collaboration between the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, the Coexisting with Carnivores Alliance, University of Victoria’s Applied Conservation Science Lab and UBC Forestry’s Dr. Cole Burton, Project TEACH will host a publicly accessible educational series discussing topics such as the connections between carnivore conservation and climate action, to the impacts of recreational activities on animal behaviour. This is part of efforts to explore how human-decision making can result in landscape-level impacts.

Collaborative monitoring and cultural heritage management in fire-affected territories: Revitalizing roles as yecwmín̓men

In a partnership between Skeetchestn Natural Resources and UBC Forestry’s Sarah Dickson-Hoyle, this project will co-design and pilot a cultural heritage monitoring program, with the goal of supporting long-term ecosystem restoration and promoting community land use. In doing so, this project aims to collectively identify opportunities for collaborative monitoring, ecology knowledge sharing, cultural heritage and fire stewardship.

Indigenous leadership in wildfire management: Implementing lessons learned from Secwepemcúl’ecw

Also in collaboration with Sarah Dickson-Hoyle, this project builds on an existing partnership between UBC and the Secwepemcúl’ecw Restoration and Stewardship Society. Following the success of their report, Elephant Hill: Secwépemc leadership and lessons learned, this project will work together with BC Wildfire Service and the BC government to implement key findings and recommendations to continue to advance Indigenous leadership in wildfire management and recovery.

About CUES Funding

The Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) is a competitive funding program that provides eligible community organizations in BC the funds to build partnerships and pursue collaborative research, teaching and learning projects with UBC. Administered by UBC Community Engagement, Vice-President External Relations, and the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, a total of $1,759,222 has been paid directly to community partners to date. 

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