Alexandra Hankins (Natural Resources Conservation)

Forestry Summer Student at Lil’wat Forestry Ventures LC in Whistler, BC

Alexandra Hankins, a UBC Forestry Co-op Student, is standing on a platform wearing safety attire and smiling.

For my first co-op term, I have been working as an Summer Forest Technician with Lil’wat Forestry Ventures Ltd., in the unceded territories of the Lil̓wat7úl (Lil’wat) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations. This opportunity has introduced me to many different aspects of the forestry industry. 

We started the summer with tree planting, one of the more physically demanding jobs within forestry. Then, we learned how to conduct silviculture surveys, by taking data on tree species, heights, pests, brush, and overall plot characteristics. We then use the data we collected in the field to compile recommendations for future management of the block. Currently, we are preparing for fire season as a type 3 wildland firefighting crew. 

This job has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of trees and forestry as a whole than I ever would have from a classroom. I am very fortunate to be able to work for a company that not only practices sustainable forestry, but also combines indigenous knowledge and values. Through this experience, I have gained a better understanding of forest management and how it can be improved in the future. I am honoured to work for a company that not only works with their community but also strives to help them any way they can.

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