By Cassidy Dankochik
Quesnel mayor Bob Simpson spent more than an hour talking to and answering questions from UBC Masters of International Forestry students. The students are in Quesnel to experience forestry outside of the classroom. Simpson spoke about his role as mayor advocating for Quesnel’s forest industry to the provincial government. He also spoke about taking an ecology first approach to forestry, mentioning environmental activist’s Greta Thunberg’s recent comments that world leaders just go ‘blah blah blah’ when talking about climate issues. …Simpson said he disagreed with the current ministry of forests plans to focus on timber. Instead, Simpson advocates for finding more value in a shrinking timber supply. The UBC Master of International Forestry is a 10-month, course-based master’s program that provides the knowledge, skills, and tools required to address the social, environmental, and economic challenges of the global forest and natural resources management for students from around the world.
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