It is undeniable that one of the greatest challenges facing society today is how to maintain and mitigate environmental risks to our world’s forests and wildlife. The University of New Brunswick Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management (UNB ForEM) understands this all too well. As a leading institution in the forestry and natural resources sector with a history of graduating students for over 100 years, UNB ForEM is dedicated to developing capable and empathetic leaders who can manage and combat the effects. of climate change on the environment.
ForEM’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs offer a holistic approach to forest and environmental management. Students acquire the knowledge necessary to maintain and ensure the conservation of forests and wildlife, and they are also exposed to the various beliefs, values and needs of the global community. Through this, students can better understand the environmental problems facing the world today and develop appropriate solutions.
Postgraduate students at ForEM typically have a background in natural sciences, biology, geography, and forestry, with a good command of the English language. Most are drawn to ForEM’s specific emphasis on environmental management. “I was immediately drawn to this program because of its interdisciplinary approach,” says Master in environmental management student Kayleigh Chaston-Vickers. “I appreciated that this program offered a broad and critical perspective on environmental issues. It not only sees the environment or environmental stewardship as a scientific problem to be solved, but as a situation dependent on solutions informed by all perspectives of society. This holistic, multi-pronged interdisciplinary approach gives ForEM graduates a competitive advantage over graduates of other institutions.
ForEM also offers undergraduate programs. the Bachelor of Science in Forestry focuses on the management, planning and design of forest lands. As part of the program, students collaborate on projects with scientists and managers from a number of companies and forestry organizations in the region.
the Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resources, on the other hand, trains students to better understand ecosystems, their dependent species and how they are affected by human activities. “I really liked the way the course made you think about environmental issues and practices,” shares Maria Hernandez. Classes are made up of a diverse community of students and faculty from Canada and around the world. “I like the sociological aspect of it, but I also really like the way international students are encouraged to share their experiences and perspectives. It made me feel welcome.
As careers in forestry and environmental management are largely practical, ForEM focuses on a practical pedagogical approach which allows students to apply their classroom learning to field situations. Students have exclusive access to five private parcels of forest land totaling over 3,000 hectares, set in the scenic backdrop of Atlantic Canada. “You are every week in the woods with friends to learn all about what it means to be a forester or an environmental specialist, while creating lovely memories,” explains Olivia Blizzard, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry.
On top of that, over 75% of ForEM’s undergraduate courses involve hands-on discovery and problem-solving in computer science, in indoor and outdoor labs, as well as in the field. Students are trained to navigate cutting-edge technologies and tools, including GIS, LiDAR, remote sensing, and Remsoft. This ultimately creates capable and well-prepared students for a career in natural resources.
To encourage this, ForEM annually welcomes a multitude of organizations, including a number of leading companies, to interview and hire students for high-demand, high-paying jobs across Canada and the world. Undergraduates also have the option of enrolling in a summer work placement course for one credit. “You have the chance to travel during the summers, while also earning money and gaining tons of experience in your field,” Blizzard shares. “My favorite summer was spent in Sussex, New Brunswick with JD Irving, where I worked as a forestry assistant. I really got to see what the forestry industry is all about. Students can earn C $ 15,000 during their summer internships, and over 50% of students graduate debt free.
Outside of the classroom, ForEM places particular emphasis on creating a supportive learning environment where faculty, staff, and students celebrate and support each other. This includes one-on-one academic counseling, coaching in resume writing and job interviews, mental health support, and regular student liaison meetings to maintain a high level of student satisfaction. Additionally, student achievements are celebrated and recognized through award ceremonies and internal channels.
Financial support is readily available to students. More than a third of undergraduate students are supported financially by scholarships, and research-oriented graduate students benefit from research project funding by faculty members. Students who need non-academic support are also not exempt from financial aid. “The faculty came forward to help when the house I was living in burned down,” Hernandez recalls.
ForEM students are guaranteed a rewarding and enriching educational experience. “It’s a great feeling to come out of a program and recognize that you have the potential to have a real impact on the environment,” says Blizzard. Chaston-Vickers agrees with this. “[My courses] definitely strengthened my ability to take a position on pressing environmental issues. I was able to do this not blindly, but with articulate thought, while having the humility to change my stance after considering other perspectives.