The Master of Forest Conservation program was challenging, fun and engaging, and helped me grow from an ecologically focused undergraduate to a well-rounded professional. I would strongly recommend the Faculty of Forestry to curious-minded individuals who want to contribute to sustainable development in Canada and internationally.
I feel in many ways that I never left the MFC program. The same requirement for a broad knowledge of forestry and conservation issues coupled with specific areas of deeper understanding and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences that characterize the MFC program are part of my day to day tool kit.
The program does an excellent job of teaching you that natural resource management cannot and will not work unless there is a balance between the social, economic and ecological processes in our environment. As our understanding of forests evolve, more ideas surrounding sustainable resource management will evolve as well. I want to be a part of the real world implementation of those ideas, and the MFC program was pivotal in helping me achieve this goal.
I never thought I would be on the road to becoming a forester in industry, but time spent in the faculty taught me the importance of a new generation of foresters that can interpret and apply evolving ideas of conservation and forestry that include socioeconomic and environmental standards at the forest management scale within industry.