Forestry

Fighting Fire with Fire

Recently, we came across Wallin Snowdon’s CBC article entitled “Fighting forest fires with fire: Pyrotechnics and flaming Ping-Pong balls” (June 22, 2020). What piqued our interest was that it discusses interesting techniques of fighting wildfires from a unique and counterintuitive prospective – fighting fire, with fire! This news article is […]

Are We Failing to See the Forest for the Trees?

A tree is probably the most iconic image of environmentalism. Or better yet, a person planting a tree. We are called tree-huggers by some people, after all. It has long been known that trees are key organisms in our ecosystems – they sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) and release oxygen, they […]

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Most of us do things every day that are not entirely in favour of the natural environment, whether it’s buying a to-go coffee in a plastic cup, taking an extra long shower after a hard day, or choosing not to buy local produce when it’s the more expensive option. Virtually […]

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Growing Partnerships, Prosperity and a Brighter Future for Us All

“The right to land and to self-government. The right to self-determination. Those causes are right in any society.”  Being Métis, that statement by Jim Sinclair to the 1987 First Ministers’ Conference often plays in my mind.  Self-determination—the ability to freely pursue one’s own destiny—is a basic human right. It is enshrined […]

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Forging a Career Path in the Forest Sector

As a high school student, I was told I would graduate, earn a university degree, find a career path and then retire… hopefully young. But coming out of university, I found myself being just another young person with a diploma and few employable skills. Weeks of job hunting led to […]

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#ForestFridays

About the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) SFI advances sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. SFI is an independent, non-profit organization that demonstrates its commitment to forests through its work in standards, conservation, education, and community. SFI works with the forest sector, conservation groups, academics, researchers, brand owners, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local […]

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The Disappearing Myth

The tranquil and barren island of Rapa Nui, commonly known as Easter Island, illustrates the rich cultural and ecological history of the self-sustaining Rapa Nui civilization that existed in complete isolation from the 13th – 17th century A.D. The island’s several hundred abandoned megalithic statues (moai) stand tall amongst the […]