Field Research Assistant at UBC Tree Ring Lab in Vancouver, BC
For the past month and a half of my Forestry Co-op work term, I have been working out in the Cariboo region assisting UBC lab work about fire history and dendrochronology. The team that I work with go to various plots within the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (SXFN) territory and find locations with a rich forest history. In each site my coworkers and I look at fire scars, potential fuels, and determine which overstory and understory trees that will get samples taken from using boring equipment. I always get the best feeling from when I strike pith on my first attempt at a massive overstory Douglas fir! Having this wonderful field job experience like this is a huge reason to join Forestry Co-op and I can’t wait to have many more exciting memories like this in the future!would highly recommend joining co-op to improve upon skills, meet great people, and aid in valuable self-discovery that will help guide you in your future career.