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UBC Faculty of Forestry Vision
“The Faculty of Forestry aspires to be recognized internationally as the institution of choice for outstanding individuals wishing to study all aspects of forest ecosystems, terrestrial landscapes, and the goods and services that they provide. The learning environment extends to the conservation of natural resources, the appropriate utilization of wood and wood products, and the welfare of individuals and communities that depend on or interact with trees and forests.” (source Strategic Plan).
MSFM Program Mission Statement
“The MSFM Program provides students with bachelor’s degrees in allied disciplines the opportunity for advanced scholarship and professional growth in the principles and practices of sustainable forest land management.”
MSFM Program Goals
“The goal of the MSFM program is to train the next generation of forest managers to recognize the importance of and adopt a culture of life-long learning and to have the confidence to play a decision-making role in a wide variety of resource management situations.”
MSFM Program Objective
“The objective of the MSFM program is to prepare students for careers as forestry professionals in North America and overseas, and set the stage for life-long learning. Graduates of this program will know how to design and implement site and landscape level plans that integrate the environmental, social and economic components of sustainability.
The program is designed to meet the competencies associated with the seven academic standards of the Canadian Federation of Professional Forestry Associations. Those seven standards are:
- Tree and stand dynamics
- Forest to landscape: structure, function and dynamics
- Forest management
- Economics and administration of forestry
- Leadership skills: communication and critical reasoning
- Information acquisition and analysis
- Professionalism and ethics”
“The MSFM program is a candidate for accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognizes the SAF as the specialized accrediting body for forestry and natural resources education in the United States and Canada.
The SAF Committee on Accreditation accepted the Candidacy report for the MSFM program in December 2014 and has granted initial candidacy, under the forestry standard. Candidacy indicates that the MSFM program has achieved initial recognition and is progressing toward accreditation. It is UBC’s goal to apply for full accreditation within the next 2 years.”
MSFM Student Experiences
Faculty of Forestry News
- The Co-op Advantage – Yu Chen
- African bird shows signs of evil stepdad behaviour
- Podcast: Radiolab – From Tree to Shining Tree
- TED Talk: How trees talk to each other
- Creating swimming buoy out of “nature’s foam”