National Forest Week


Schedule of Events

All Week

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Forest Sciences Centre Atrium

nationalBrought to you by the Forestry Undergraduate Society and open to any amateur photographer/artist (students, scholars, community member, etc).

Send us your photo, collage or illustration on the theme and also envisioning the future of Forestry –the natural resource, the profession or the industry (up to 7 MB). Include a very short description of your idea (up to 30 words), name, affiliation (student, business, community member, etc.) and email contact.

Submit by September 10 to

First prize: $100, runner ups $50 and $25. Winner announced and notified on Monday, September 29 by email.

By sending your photo/collage or illustration you consent to publicly listing your name and affiliation as the author of the photo; it becomes property of UBC Faculty of Forestry and may be used for promotional materials and activities.

Sunday, Sept 21

Details to be announced

Details to be announced

Monday, Sept 22

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Meet at Old Barn Community Centre

Local UBC neighbourhood social & exercise group will focus their walk looking at some old trees in a strip of Pacific Spirit Park that runs between Old Marine Drive and the ocean.

Tuesday, Sept 23

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Meet at the entrance of UBC Farm

berriesWith Elder Larry Grant, Allanah Young (PhD candidate) and Andrea Lyall (UBC Forestry Aboriginal Initiatives Coordinator)

Join a Musqueam Elder and Knowledge-Keepers in workshops to reconnect and restore our relationships to lands while we walk amongst medicinal trees and plants at UBC Farm. All ages and all peoples are welcome.

Workshop is free, donations welcome.

Photo credit: Andrea Lyall
Register online or RSVP to or call 604-822-5294 for more details.

5:00 PM

Location: Old Barn Community Centre – Meeting Room 2
Presented by Stephen R.J. Sheppard, Ph.D., ASLA

Transforming our cities into liveable, safe, attractive & sustainable urban landscapes of the future. Also, get a sneak peek into UBC’s proposed undergraduate degree instephen Urban Forestry!

Stephen teaches in sustainable landscape planning, aesthetics, and visualization in the Faculty of Forestry, and Landscape Architecture programs at UBC. He received a BA/MA in Agricultural and Forest Sciences at Oxford, a MSc in Forestry at UBC, and a PhD in Environmental Planning at UC, Berkeley.

He directs the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), an interdisciplinary research group using perception-testing and immersive/interactive visualization to support public awareness and collaborative planning on climate change and sustainability issues. He has over 30 years’ experience in environmental assessment and public participation internationally.

He has written or co-written two books on visual simulation, and recently published “Visualizing Climate Change: A Guide to Visual Communication of Climate Change and Developing Local Solutions”. This book is the first to provide a comprehensive guide to visual communication of climate change.

Stephen has also provided leadership in developing the new Urban Forestry undergraduate degree at UBC’s Faculty of Forestry. His current research interests lie in perceptions of climate change and renewable energy, planning for low-carbon resilient communities and video games as a community engagement tool on climate change.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Forest Sciences Centre: 1005

Join the Forestry and Natural Resources Conservation students for presentations on their recently completed co-op work terms. An intermission is scheduled to allow you to meet our industry partners, UBC faculty members as well as the students. You will be able to meet co-op students in all years of the program, including those available for upcoming work terms.

RSVP online or email by September 10.

Wednesday, Sept 24 (National Tree Day)

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

This event is for Forestry students, faculty and staff only.

Thursday, Sept 25

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Location: Trail #6 to Wreck Beach. Dress appropriately for rain/shine and stairs.

Prof Sally Aitken, UBC Forest and Conservation Sciences Dept.

Andy MacKinnon, Research ecologist, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations

John Innes, Dean of UBC Forestry

Join us for the official launch of the Big Tree Registry website as we celebrate majestic Canadian forests this week. Light refreshments during the official announcement, followed by a walk to some old-growth trees on campus (to finish by 2:30 pm). The event will conclude with a tree climbing demonstration and clinic at 5 PM.

5:00 PM

Location: Meet in front of the FSC Buliding (performance at Landscape Annex)

Big-Lonely-Doug-Climb-154Matthew Beatty (Arboreal Collective, BC Plant Health Care Inc.), Ryan Senechal (BC Plant Health Care Inc.), Thomas Walz (BC Plant Health Care Inc.)

Have you ever climbed a tree when you were young? Was it for fun? Out of curiousity? Exploration? Or just the need to defy gravity?

You are invited to attend an interactive and informative tree climbing demonstration! The objectives of this one hour workshop include:

– Education pertaining to the care and conservation of our natural environment

– BC Big Tree Registry

– Tree climbing equipment and techniques for accessing large trees

– Tree climber safety

– Professional practice and standards.

The presentation team are certified as professional tree climbers and arborists. BC Plant Health Care is a progressive arboriculture services company which focuses on education, contemporary arboriculture practices and meticulous workmanship. The team supports and collaborates with groups such as the Ancient Forest Alliance, Ascending The Giants, and the BC Tree Climbing Competition. Our mission is to showcase the biodiversity of big trees. We strive to promote a relationship between canopy research, adventure tourism, and old-growth conservation by employing modern, low-impact canopy access techniques. The Collective’s mission is to merge research, adventure, education, conservation and community, and to expose their interdependence and interconnectedness.

Join us to learn more about up and coming big tree explorations!

Warm-up leisure reading: The Wild Trees by Richard Preston.

Photo: Big Lonely Doug, second largest Douglas fir in Canada at 66 m height and ~1000 years old

6:00 PM

Intermediate co-op students in the B.Sc. Wood Products Processing degree program will be delivering presentations on their recently completed co-op work terms in the wood products industry.

An extended intermission is scheduled to provide a valuable networking opportunity to meet our industry partners, UBC faculty members as well as the students. You will be able to meet co-op students in all years of the program, including those available for upcoming work terms.

Please RSVP online or email by September 12, 2014.

Friday, Sept 26

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

OrienTREEingBrought to you by the Forestry Graduate Student Association: the third annual OrienTREEing Race is happening on Sept. 25 at noon and is open to anyone.

Register by September 19 by sending an email to: Fill in your name and affiliation (student, community member, etc.) and if you wanted to compete individually or register a team of two persons.

The competition is open to any student, faculty or staff member in Forestry, or any other UBC unit, as well as the general public.

The event:

All registered participants will be given a map of campus and a list of clues in the Atrium of the Forest Sciences Centre. Find as many of the listed trees as possible, mark their location, take a tree-selfie picture to prove you were there, and return as fast as you can to Forest Sciences Centre. If you have additional information about each tree, email to or write on paper and drop it in the special box in the Atrium after you finish the run, but before 3:00 pm. Winners will be announced by 5 pm on Friday.

What you’ll need:

  • Some knowledge on trees and how to read a map;
  • Comfortable walking/running shoes
  • camera or cell phone to take pictures to prove you visited the locations (or a dead leaf/needle, a fallen cone, etc. No tree/branch cutting accepted!)
  • no restrictions as to how you get the information about the trees or get the riddles sorted out – use internet, books, mentors, friends, telephones, etc.
  • participate individually or in teams of two (and split the prize in half)


$100, $50 and $25.

The winner would be the fastest to find most (if not all) trees, all accurately mapped and explicitly described via email or on paper (name, areal, use and application, etc. interesting facts about the species).


1-5 points for speed and strategy

1-5 points for tree knowledge

1-3 points for mapping accuracy

2:00 PM

Location: Stanley Park’s Prospect Point, by the large stone monument near the lookout

Bill Stephen, (Vancouver Park Board) and Steve Mitchell (UBC Faculty of Forestry)

In December 2006 a major windstorm caused extensive damage to the forest of Stanley park. An estimated 10,000 trees were knocked down, raising concerns for the safety of park visitors and loss of ecological values. Massive community, sponsor, and government support allowed a response that began immediately and took over three years to complete. A broadly supported Restoration Plan was developed that tapped into the ideas and knowledge of a wide range of interest groups and natural science disciplines. Large machines and forestry workers were mobilized to carefully bring the forest back to a condition that established a balance between a safe and beautiful park experience for visitors and an ecologically healthy west coast forest.

Meet some of the professionals who led the restoration work (Dr Steve Mitchell, UBC Faculty of Forestry and Bill Stephen, Vancouver Park Board) as they walk you through the recovering areas, recollecting their experiences and explaining how the task was accomplished. This walk will allow the participants to learn about park management and forest ecology, and to experience the powerful responses to a natural disturbance eight seasons later.