U of T forestry faculty now part of Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
By Ellen Cools
As of July 1, the University of Toronto moved its forest science research, programs and professional forestry education into the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
The University says this move came after extensive consultations over several years with faculty members, students, staff, alumni and industry groups. This change aims to ensure the school’s forestry-related academic programs and research have a sustainable future.
U of T’s provost has added an additional $1 million in funding to the Daniels faculty budget to help with the transition. To support cross-disciplinary forestry research within the faculty, the school has also added five new faculty positions.
The University says the move will not affect 122 graduate students in forestry programs and the undergraduate students taking forestry-related courses and programs through the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. There will also be no cuts to faculty or staff.
The new program director for the forestry graduate programs is Professor Sandy Smith. The programs will continue to be offered through the forestry graduate unit.
“We are excited to join forces with U of T’s forestry faculty, staff and students to continue and expand upon its outstanding programs and vital scientific research in the field of forestry,” said Richard Sommer, dean of the Daniels faculty. “Through their research, teaching and outreach, our forestry colleagues lead their field in exploring the more sustainable ways to manage Canada’s – and the world’s – forests.”
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