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Why UBC Faculty of Forestry?

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of Canada’s leading research universities and is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world.


If your interests include a love of the outdoors, a desire to effect positive change and the opportunity for well-paid employment in rural communities, you should seriously consider enrolling in the Faculty of Forestry. Many of the Faculty’s Aboriginal alumni have become forestry and fisheries professionals and managers, leaders in their respective communities, liaisons with government and industry and / or run businesses.

Why become a Professional Forester?

In Canada, most First Nations communities are surrounded by forests, so it makes sense that they would benefit from employing trained forest professionals who are knowledgeable about forest and resource laws, regulations, policies and practices. Working as a forest professional in your community at the management-level increases the likelihood that the community will benefit from the forests.


“After you graduate from UBC, there’s a lot of opportunity for Aboriginal people.”- Maxime Lepine, Forest Resources Management Alumnus

What are my career options?

Forest professionals working for First Nations communities find that forestry is a broad profession that goes beyond the industrial forestry discipline. Duties may include directing the increased number of forest tenures, land use decisions, conservation, strategic planning for consultation and negotiating with government and industry. Explore our programs within Forest Resources Management major and Forest Operations Major.

Due to retirement and expansion, it is predicted the forest sector in Canada will need to fill as many as 130,000 jobs by 2020. In BC, over the next decade there will be up to 16,000 jobs opening (60% interior and 40% coastal).

What is Aboriginal Forestry?

“Aboriginal Forestry” is a term used to recognize the increasing influence of Aboriginals in the forest sector in the past three decades. Ideally, “Aboriginal Forestry” incorporates traditional values and knowledge in resource management including opportunities for real participation by Aboriginal communities in the forest sector. The need for First Nations forest professionals makes building relationships with Aboriginal communities a priority for the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Graduation CeremonyForestry alumnus Matt Wealick and his dog Cole at workClayoquot Sound
Graduation Ceremony
Forestry alumnus Matt Wealick and his dog Cole at work
Clayoquot Sound

What will I learn?

The Faculty of Forestry is one of the world’s leading forestry schools, offering a range of programs. You are encouraged to think critically about balancing forest resources conservation with the demands of society.

Through a choice of electives, the program can be focused to emphasize your interests in biological, economic, social, or quantitative aspects. A forestry education is unique in that you are constantly challenged to apply what you are learning. Labs are often held outdoors to bring a hands-on reality to the education you get in the classroom. In addition to the lab sessions, field schools are an integral part of the forestry programs.

One of several majors, the Forest Resources Management Major, Specialization in Community and Aboriginal Forestry (CAF), provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the forest resource sector. Learn more about CAF the specialization.