The Faculty has gone through many ups and downs since its founding. Nevertheless, researchers continue to be on the leading edge of so many complex issues, from battling the emerald ash borer and preserving urban forests, to developing new, wood-based materials and sustainable forestry practices. The more I am here, the more amazed I am at all that the faculty and students are doing.

My goal is to enable them devote their attention to that work, without the distractions created by uncertainty.

There is no hidden agenda here. We are really looking for a positive solution – and what that means and what that requires and how it will unfold is open. I see an opportunity to make things better. Given the right circumstances and structure forestry can flourish.

It is my hope to strengthen relationship with other Faculties and with colleagues at U of T Scarborough and U of T Mississauga, where research and courses related to forestry are taking place.

I took the job because I think there is an alignment taking place at the university and that the Faculty of Forestry really has a role to play. We need to find what the best organizational strategy is to support the faculty and the students and the research. That’s really what it is all about.

I want to get as many views as possible and try to work out with all concerned parties what the most innovative solution might be in addressing to restructure our Faculty.

Finally, as we reach the end of term, I would like to thank you all for your support, your frankness and creative energy as we work through the challenges of a restructuring and creating a more sustainable future for Forestry at the University.

Good luck on the end of your term.

Robert Wright