From Tree to House

What did it take to build this house? For starters, an architect had to design it. It also required a lot of wood. Not all houses look this woody from the outside, but most are built with a wood frame. Getting wood to build a house isn’t as simple as taking a trip to Home Depot and picking … Continued

Prairie Wood Design Awards 2016: Ann’s Picks

The winners of the 2016 Prairie Wood Design Awards will be announced this month, so in preparation I have reviewed the nominees and selected my favourite project in each of the categories. Category: Recreational Building: Borden Park Pavilion Location: Edmonton Designer: gh3 Photography: Raymond Chow This has got to be one of the coolest buildings I’ve ever seen. It is … Continued

Prairie Wood Design Awards 2016: Andre’s Picks

The 2016 Prairie Wood Design Awards are coming soon. As a prelude to the jury’s official selection, here are some of my favorite submissions: Category: Residential Building: Wood Buffalo Way Location: Ft. McMurray Designer: Mira Timber Frame Photography: Real Pics This newly built dwelling has the feeling of a historic house. The entrance way is a massive 8 foot wooden … Continued

Forestry Job Profile: Wildfire Dispatcher

What is the first job that comes to mind when you think of wildfire? If you’re like most people, an image of a wildland fire firefighter hauling a water hose through the forest comes to mind. Wildfire management is so much more than that. There is a whole team of people working together to prevent and … Continued

Not Just a Tree

What’s the value of a renewable resource? Well, if the resource is managed in a sustainable manner, a renewable resource is incredibly valuable. Simply imagining future potential in relation to historical context can demonstrate this statement nicely. Let’s transport ourselves through time, hundreds of years in the past. Better, let’s travel thousands of years in … Continued

Forestry Job Profile: Lookout Observer

Are you looking for a summer job experience that is completely out of the ordinary? Wildfire Lookout Observers spend their summers in Alberta’s remote natural areas tracking changes in weather and reporting wildfire. In this forestry job profile, Michelle Wartenberg shares the joys and challenges she has faced as a Wildfire Lookout Observer. Tell me … Continued

Pests, Pathogens and Invasive Species

In the normal course of a functioning ecosystem, plants, insects, and diseases all play a part in a harmonious and healthy cycle. But what happens when one population or species becomes unnaturally pervasive? A rapidly growing or dominating species can become a real problem resulting in ecosystem degradation and even species extinction. Typically, the most … Continued

Five Jobs For Active People

An office job in a skyscraper might appeal to some people, but others would prefer a job that doesn’t require prolonged desk-sitting. Many articles, including this one from Harvard University, outline the negative health effects of prolonged sitting. Having a job that allows you to be active while working will help you to avoid the downsides of sitting. If you want to … Continued

Six Ways to Work in the Forest Next Summer

If you plan to find a job this summer and you love to be outside (particularly in the forest), you have come to the right place. Alberta offers forestry positions for high school students, college and university students, and graduates. Some of these positions are already open for application, so now is the time to start your … Continued

Green Happiness

Isn’t it interesting how we can feel better just by walking around in a park or going for a nature hike? Some studies are demonstrating that being close to trees can improve our mental and physical well-being. Green Happiness A study published this year out of Stanford University showed improved happiness and attentiveness after participants … Continued

Forestry in Your Classroom

National Forest Week takes place September 20 – 26 and we have forestry professionals all over Alberta who have volunteered to speak to students about forestry. Who can request a presentation? Grade 1 – 12 teachers. Presentations are great for Science and Outdoor Education classes. Who are the presenters? Presenters are forestry professionals and educators … Continued

Job Profile: Natural Resource Technologist

Looking for a job where you are guaranteed to spend time in the outdoors? Consider becoming a natural resource technologist. A natural resource technologist (NRT) has a strong interest in the outdoors. As an NRT you are pretty well guaranteed to be a jack-of-all-trades outdoors person. NRTs are equipped with the tools to tackle the … Continued

How Many People Does it Take to Build a House?

Take a look at this picture. How many people do you think it took to make this house? For one, it took a great architect! But aside from that, it required a fair amount of wood to build. But getting wood to build a house isn’t just as simple as taking a trip to Home … Continued

Forestry Job Profile: Inventory Forester

What is the first step towards responsible resource management? Should we start with a plan, or get boots on the ground to suss out the situation? Should we first outline some rules of conduct, or initiate with research? What happens when a curve ball like the mountain pine beetle is thrown in? The question of … Continued

Alberta Envirothon 2015

What is Alberta Envirothon? It’s an incredible opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their understanding of the environment. Teams consisting of six students compete head to head on matters of the environment. Topics include Soils/Land use/Agriculture, Forestry, Aquatic Ecology, and Wildlife, as well as an annual Current Environmental Issue. This year’s Current Environmental Issue … Continued

Forestry Student Profile: Dylan Eaton

Meet Dylan, an Edmonton-area Grade 12 student who has recently decided that forestry is the career path he wants to pursue. Quick Facts about Dylan Three words that describe you: Adventurous, compassionate, and personable. Favourite subjects in school: Chemistry and woodshop; I spend most of my time in the woodshop. Favourite tunes: I enjoy most genres of … Continued

Forestry Job Profile: Planning Forester

Our forest is important to everyone. If you like camping, hiking, or hunting, you use the forest. If you like reading books, magazines, or newspapers, you rely on forest products. If you live in a house, your home is probably built with a wood frame. And the forest is important to more than just people. Animals, … Continued

Forestry Job Profile: Silviculture Forester

Are you the type of person who thinks about the future of our environment? Do you want to participate in making a plan that ensures that we will always have thriving forests in Alberta? Foresters do just this. There are different kinds of foresters who work together to ensure a balance between the needs of … Continued

Wood Design Awards: 2015 Winners

This week, the winners of the 2015 Prairie Wood Design Awards were announced. The winning designers and engineers were recognized at a beautiful gala on Tuesday at the Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton. The winning projects were thoughtfully selected from over forty entries by this esteemed jury panel: Larry McFarland, Architect AIBC, Fellow RAIC, Principal, McFarland … Continued

Wood Design Awards: Andre’s Picks

Prior to writing her blog entry, “Wood Design Awards: Ann’s picks”, Ann approached me and asked if I would also pick my favorites and write an article on them. The premise was that we were to each keep our selections and articles secret from each other and then publicly reveal and compare. What a fun … Continued