Reconnecting People and Forests

Reshaping perceptions for generations to come.

Forests and forest products make a large and diverse contribution to people’s everyday lives. As populations change and adapt over time, so do forests. As #forestproud community members, it’s our responsibility to be part of the solution to sustain and improve the health of our environment.

When reconnecting people and forests, a stronger relationship is made between essential forest benefits and products and those that use them everyday.

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The Crew

On its surface, forest products manufacturing looks very different than it did 100 years ago. But, behind the machines and the new technology is a group of skilled, dedicated, and hardworking individuals who make it all possible.

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01: Oregon Department of Forestry | The Front Lines

We kick off our 9-week series on wildfire jumping right into the deep end. We talk about what it’s like being on the front lines of a wildfire, what the ‘off season’ looks like, and what the challenges – and opportunities – look like being a female in a male dominated profession.

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04: University of British Columbia | Ashes to Ashes

We explore what recovery after a wildfire looks like and how reading between the lines of tree rings reveals the secrets of forest health. We also look at how forests and communities bounce back after wildfire events, with a particular focus on using forest management strategies to restore fire-resilient landscapes and build fire-adapted communities.

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05: Florida Forest Service | Playing with Fire

We take a look at the politics of fighting wildfire and how state agencies and other organizations are pooling resources and coordinating strategies. 

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10: Chelan County Fire District 1 | Building Communities, Living with Fire 

Take a look at how fire-adapted communities are built. We explore the work the Chelan County Fire District is doing with communities and homeowners to assess and evaluate wildfire risks through the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program and to connect wildfire practitioners and researchers through the WiRe program.

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14: John Innes | A Global View Of Forests

Will and John Innes, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, explore the differences between forests in the UK and North America, the future of forests through the lens of researchers and educators, the surprising ways in which wood products show up in our day to day lives, and what sustainable forest management truly means.