83rd Forest Industry Lecture
March 5th, 2020
Challenges Facing Forest Management in BC: WE ARE NOT ALONE!
Seminar location: ETLC E1-013
Seminar time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
BC's natural resource landscape is renowned for its rugged beauty and vast expanses. Our forests and range lands provide a multitude of benefits to resource dependent communities, indigenous peoples, natural resource stakeholders, recreationalists and the public in general. However, BC's forests and range lands are being influenced by a number of factors that make managing these critical resources challenging. Climate change is having an effect on how our forests grow, regenerate and respond to catastrophic events such as wildfire. Shane Berg, Deputy Chief Forester for the province of BC will talk about the many challenges facing forest management in BC currently and how many of these issues are of similar interest to forest managers in Alberta. We are not alone in how our forests are being shaped and influenced by the changing environment we all share.
Poster Session: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Poster Session Location: Agriculture-Forestry Centre - Main Floor, Student Lounge Areas
Sponsor Reception & Continued Poster Session: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Agriculture-Forestry Centre - Atrium, Main Floor
About the Speaker
Shane Berg is the Deputy Chief Forester for the Province of BC and also has an Executive Director role with the Office of the Chief Forester with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. (FLNR)
Shane obtained his BSc. in Forestry from the University of Alberta and has more than 30 years of experience working within BC’s Public Service. Shane is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) and has worked throughout the province, beginning as a Silviculture Technician in Invermere, a Silviculture Forester in Grand Forks, a Forest Planning Manager in Squamish, and eventually took on District Manager roles over a span of 14 years with the BC Forest Service in Northern BC (Hazelton) and the Southern Interior (Kamloops). He spent six years working as a Regional Executive Director with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation until he returned to FLNR as the Deputy Chief Forester in April of 2017. The mantra for the Office of the Chief Forester is “Caring for BC’s Forests”…and Shane believes that it has never been more important that we manage our forests in a sustainable, science-based manner, considering the many changes that this important resource is facing.
82nd Forest Industry lecture
North America's Forest Industry: Interdisciplinary Applied Scientists Needed
Dr. Don Haid, corporate economist and director of industry analysis for Weyerhaeuser Company
The forest industry is an integrated supply chain connecting the working forest to end-use demands from a multitude of societal, consumer and commercial needs. It reflects a competitive North American landscape with diversity of resource, administrative, logistic, manufacturing and consumer attributes, all of which seek to satisfy the appetite for products and services derived from forests. The discussion focuses on wood product manufacturing and its historic North American dynamics, exploring the shifting comparative economics of supply and demand for both finished products and forest based raw material input. Through the lens of applied sciences, foresters and related resource professionals bring a unique interdisciplinary perspective to analysis and ultimately the policies and decisions impacting resource use, sustainability and quality.
Don was educated in Canada and the U.S., and his credentials include undergraduate and master’s degrees in forestry and forest economics from the University of Alberta and a PhD in resource economics from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser, Don worked as an economist for the Canadian Forest Service and as a consultant with AMEC-Simons. Don’s work focuses on housing, wood products and timber sectors to provide insight and guidance supporting Weyerhaeuser businesses. Working closely with senior management, Don’s key responsibilities include price forecasting, industry outlooks for corporate planning and capital processes, and thought leadership in identifying strategic issues, emerging threats, opportunities and their implications for Weyerhaeuser.