Summer Student at Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society in Barriere, BC
This co-op term I have been working in the Woodlands department of the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society as a summer student. Throughout these four months, I have learned about some parts of what goes into managing and the management of a community forest. Some of the work I have done this summer include: conducting silviculture surveys for block development planning, conducting plot surveys for tree planting quality control, monitoring bark beetles using tunnel traps, and brushing for wildfire risk reduction and releasing coniferous crop trees from deciduous competition. This opportunity has allowed me to reinforce the knowledge I have learned in class as well as obtain a greater depth of understanding to how it is applied in the field work setting and how it can impact forest operations. I believe others should consider joining co-op to obtain different experiences in the industry to gain insight on their interests and the possible career options that align them.