Latest Issue – Spring 2024 Branchlines

A new era of forestry is being ushered in by the rise of digital technology and automation, a great deal of which is also addressing the urgent need to mitigate climate change and respond to shifting community priorities. Find out how UBC Forestry is pushing boundaries with innovative research, teaching and community outreach that is equipping students and faculty members to tackle global challenges. Other features include a tribute to the late, great Dr. John Worrall, forestry student emergency fund details, student profiles and details about the new Centre for Wildfire Coexistence and Chair.

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Featured Articles

The Carbon Flux of Life

Researchers at UBC Forestry reveal a critical carbon exchange between trees and soil, challenging previous assumptions and highlighting the importance of retaining trees during harvest to sustain soil carbon renewal and ecosystem health.

Built for Success

A new undergraduate bursary helps wood science students realize their dreams.

Fourth year UBC Forestry undergraduate student, Alexandra Thomas pictured in the fields.

Regreening the Downtown Eastside for Better Health

A new project led by fourth-year UBC Forestry undergraduate student Alexandra Thomas highlights how Indigenous knowledge about the healing and nurturing properties of the land could help mitigate negative health effects from climate change-related events, such as extreme heat, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Past Issues

Spring 2023 Branchlines

SPRING 2023 Branchlines

Greenery can be a common source of refuge and recreation in the urban environment, but have you ever stopped to wonder who maintains the lush plant life found in parks and other public spaces? In this issue, we explore the relatively new role of the urban forester, and find out what it takes to fill those shoes. We hear directly from leading urban forestry researchers who are examining the human and wildlife health implications of urban forests, as well as the important role citizens can play in maintaining green spaces. Learn from experienced BC urban foresters about landscape design, pest infestation management, wildfire preparedness and tree planting initiatives.

Fall 2022 Branchlines

FALL 2022 Branchlines

The future of forestry is now. Led by innovative thinkers, groundbreaking technology and pressing social and environmental need, the forestry profession of today is addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our time. This issue takes a deep dive into sustainable forest management and the diversity of perspectives and approaches that are shaping it. Also in the fall edition: hear from a leading expert on Indigenous forest gardens. Learn about state-of-the-art cellulose-based biomaterials. Follow the family tree of 7 generations of foresters. Get the graduate and undergraduate student perspective.

Spring 2022 Branchlines

Spring 2022 Branchlines

We are pleased to invite you to explore our new Branchlines publication. Courtesy of the UBC Faculty of Forestry, Development and Alumni Engagement Office, the revamped look, feel and direction was shaped by valuable feedback from our alumni community. In this issue you will find: an in-depth feature story on the recent fires and floods climate catastrophes; celebrate the 2022 Alumni Builder Award recipient, Arthur Tsai; pay tribute to Prof. Peter Marshall; and enjoy a Q&A with Garry Merkel.