September 25, 2015 // 4pm-8pm

Beyond the Inferno

Feel the heat of a real rapattack on campus grounds and enjoy a reception and official launch ceremony of Canada’s first Urban Forestry program. Meet foresters who take it to the extreme, think how climate change impacts your home insurance, find out how your health depends on forests and experience how a videogame can help save forests.

Thank you to all that attended the event!

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It's not every day that you see firefighters rappelling from a helicopter on campus. The BC Wildfire Service did a Rapattack helicopter demonstration at the UBC Faculty of Forestry today for National Forest Week.

Posted by The University of British Columbia (UBC) on Friday, September 25, 2015

Lori Daniels – “Wildfire: More Good Than Harm”

Lyle Gawalko – “Climate change adaption without getting burned”

Jed Cochrane – “Managing fire with fire for resilient landscapes”

Bruce Blackwell – “Catching fire: transformative management of Canadian forests”

Stephen Sheppard – “Can video games save urban forests from climate change?”

3:30PM // Registration Opens

Forest Science Centre

Please check in in the FSC lobby when you arrive. Please RSVP online prior to the event.


4 – 4:30PM // Rap Attack

Thunderbird commons

Join us for an exciting live demonstration of a Rapattack crew from BC Wildfire Service. Watch them rappel from a helicopter to put out a fire below. This is sure to be an exciting demonstration of the important work done by firefighters throughout the province and country.


4:30 – 6:30PM // Beyond the Inferno

Forest Sciences Centre – RM 1005

Be part of the dialogue and hear from those on the front line:

  • Lori Daniels (UBC Forestry) – Wildfire: More good than harm
  • Lyle Gawalko (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) – Climate change adaption without getting burned
  • Jed Cochrane (Parks Canada) – Managing fire with fire for resilient landscapes
  • Bruce Blackwell (B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd.) – Catching fire: transformative management of Canadian forests
  • Stephen Sheppard (UBC Forestry) – Can videogames save urban forests from climate change?


4:30 – 8PM // Kids Forest & Firehall

Forest Sciences Centre

Get educated and entertained with kid friendly interactive displays, posters & booths. Ages K-5.


6:30 – 8PM // Reception & Launch of Urban Forestry Program

Forest Sciences Centre, Atrium

Join Andrea Reimer (Deputy Mayor of Vancouver), John Innes (Dean of the Faculty of Forestry), Mike Rosen (President of Tree Canada), and John Madden (Director of UBC Sustainability and Engineering) in celebrating the launch of our new Bachelor of Urban Forestry program! Discover how Forestry is more than you think and network with leading forestry professionals. Learn more about the event.

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