CAF Specialization

Community and Aboriginal Forestry Specialization

The Specialization in Community and Aboriginal Forestry (CAF) is available through the Forest Resources Management Major in the BSc Forestry degree program. The CAF specialization is recognized by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board, which means graduates are eligible to register with the Association of BC Forest Professionals to become a Registered Professional Forester (RPF). Visit the ABCFP website to learn more about what it means to be a RPF.

What will I learn?

The CAF Specialization will give you a solid foundation in the skills needed to work in forests that are managed by a local government, First Nation or community-based organization. In this program, you will be introduced to the biological, physical, social and cultural basics of forest resource management. You will gain a working knowledge of community forest resources, and localized management approaches. CAF is an interdisciplinary specialization that will provide you with skills in cross-cultural communications, facilitation, policy and small business management.

What is Aboriginal Forestry?

The term Aboriginal Forestry is used to recognize the growing influence of Aboriginal peoples and communities in the forest sector. In practice, Aboriginal Forestry includes traditional values and knowledge in resource management, and provides opportunities for local control and community participation in the forest sector. The UBC Faculty of Forestry is committed to building relationships with Aboriginal communities, in Canada and around the world, who are working on the conservation and management of their forests.