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Forestry education changing with the times

Educators are responding to the dramatic changes in the forestry industry with innovative programs that put the sector's needs in focus.

September 4, 2012  By  John Tenpenny

“Things are changing and we have changed,” says Ulf Runesson dean of the faculty of natural resources management at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay told the National Post.

“It’s not just because of what happened in the industry,” he says. “It’s also society’s view on how we manage crown lands. Our programs are changing to better situate students to deal with a world in which industry, government and local communities are working together.”

At Lakehead, there is now a stronger focus on forest protection, business entrepreneurship and land stewardship. “It’s not just creating management plans,” Mr. Runesson says. “It’s a much more integrated approach we have developed in consultation with many, many stakeholders.”

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