This initiative will support the transition toward ecological forestry by making investments in innovation and workforce development. The government recently announced a four-year, $6.1 million investment by the Forestry Innovation Transition Trust in a Centre of Forest Innovation at NSCC Truro.
The project responds to Professor Bill Lahey’s recommendations to “professionalize the forestry sector” by reviewing forestry practices, encouraging innovation, and enhancing training for forestry professionals. The new Centre of Forest Innovation projects to reach 575 total graduates, within three years, across micro-credential and core certificate programs.
The Centre will transform forestry training at NSCC through five components:
- A new facility, set to open in the fall of 2022, featuring a simulation immersion lab, demonstration woodlot, and innovative technology.
- Industry micro-credentials in pre-treatment assessment, silviculture efficiency, harvester simulator training, new forest treatments, species and stand identification, and drone training.
- New continuing education and core programs to develop forest contractors, mechanized harvest operators, forestry inventory technicians, and ecological resource managers.
- Student bursaries and the exploration of dedicated cohorts for students facing barriers to success.
- Sector partnerships to encourage capacity building, pathways and wayfinding, professional development, and occupational training.