“I want to give future generations hope.”
UBC Forestry’s Dr. Tara Martin, Liber Ero Chair in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, continues to make an impact on addressing complex conservation problems – now with the help of some generous donations from our community.
After working for the Australian National Agency for over 20 years, Dr. Martin returned to Canada with a vision for creating a centre of excellence for conservation decision-making. With the help of Val and Dick Bradshaw, Dr. Martin has received $3 million, with UBC adding in $2 million, for a $5 million chair.
UBC alumnus Reid Carter was so inspired by Tara’s vision that he invested $1.5 million in her work to expand her impact not only in Canada but beyond.
“I think we’re living in a time when we have so much negative news, and the world seems very dire,” says Dr. Martin. “But I want to give [future generations] hope that we are finding solutions and implementing those solutions … and we’re seeing species recover. We’re recovering viable salmon populations. We’re recovering migratory birds. We’re restoring amazing Garry oak ecosystems in southwestern British Columbia.”
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