Assistant Planning Co-op at Interfor in Castlegar, BC
During my co-op term as an Assistant Planning Co-op Student with Interfor I have had two primary projects. The first has been completing final block inspections for Interfor’s harvested blocks, which entails walking the blocks and seeing if the harvesting operations went according to plan and were in compliance with regulation. My other project has been monitoring and managing the douglas fir beetle traps for Castlegar’s Planning Division. This has involved measuring, counting and recording the number of beetles collected and will end in writing a cumulative report on my findings which will allow for us to look at this year’s beetle population in relation to the other years data was collected. With Interfor I have also been able to look for multiple goshawk nests with biologists and do some road data management. I believe this co-op and others have not only given me a diverse skillset, many incredible mentors and let me explore B.C., co-op has also helped me in realizing what areas of forestry I would like to further pursue after I graduate this coming spring.