FOR Forest Conservation
On this page: Introduction | Programs |
See also: Faculty Members | Course Descriptions | Course Winter Timetable | More on Department
Historically, we have viewed the forest as a source of industrial timber but, with recent world developments such as the United Nations Rio de Janeiro Conference on Environment and Development, focus has shifted to include sustainability and wilderness preservation, in addition to timber production. Forest conservation examines forest environments in the context of national and global sustainability, management, and biodiversity protection. The forest conservation programs combine social and community issues, such as aboriginal land tenure, recreation, wilderness travel and preservation of urban green space, with the traditional biological (botany, zoology) and physical (soil science, hydrology) sciences to address broader environmental and resource management issues.
The management of forests is of greater social, environmental and economic importance in Canada than in any other major developed country. The changing focus to forest conservation from timber production has greatly expanded the capabilities necessary for sustainable forest management. Experts who understand the complex issues and details surrounding forest conservation are essential to the proper stewardship of our forested regions. Career opportunities include forest conservation management, planning, and assessment in private, government or non-governmental agencies. Increasingly, foresters and forest conservationists work as part of multidisciplinary teams of environmental and resource managers where effective interdisciplinary communication is of vital importance. The programs can also lead to graduate degree studies in forestry, forest conservation or a number of other related environmental disciplines.
Students may take a specialist program in forest conservation leading to either an Hon.B.Sc. or an Hon.B.A. degree. The B.Sc. (Forest Conservation Science) focuses primarily on forest ecology with electives in life and physical sciences, while the B.A. (Forest Conservation) focuses on communal forest management and the development of forest policy with electives in the social sciences.
The specialist programs provide a grounding in forest conservation with emphasis on forest breadth as well as research depth, and can particularly meet the needs of individuals who are considering graduate level education in forestry (M.F.C., M.Sc.F. or Ph.D.).
A major in Forest Conservation Science is available in the B.Sc. stream and is intended to build on a studentís interest in forestry and related issues. Students should consider combining this program with a major in another related discipline such as environment, geography, botany, zoology, chemistry, urban studies or architecture.
A minor in Forest Conservation Science in the B.Sc. stream and a minor in Forest Conservation in the B.A. stream are also available. Students should consider combining these programs with a minor in other related disciplines.
Professor Shashi Kant, Room 4020, Earth Sciences Centre (416-978-6196)
Ms. A. Veneziano, Room 1016E, Earth Sciences Centre (416-978-5480)
Forest Conservation Programs
Forest Conservation Science (Science program)
Enrolment in the specialist program is open to students who have completed four first-year courses with a minimum GPA of 2.3. Enrolment in the major and minor programs is open to students who have completed four first-year courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
Fourth Year: FOR400Y1
Forest Conservation (Arts program)
Enrolment in this program is open to students who have completed four first-year courses with a minimum GPA of 2.3. Enrolment in the minor program is open to students who have completed four first-year courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
Copyright © 2003, University of Toronto