Forest forum next week

A UBC forestry professor will be in Williams Lake Nov. 16 for presentation.

Rob Kozak, a University of British Columbia forestry professor and director of Forests and Communities in Transition will be in Williams Lake Nov. 16 to give a presentation on “Forests and Communities in Transition.”Kozak will offer ideas on the challenges and opportunities facing the forest industry and forest industry communities in the province.

His current research and teaching interests revolve around sustainable business management practices and issues and providing business-based solutions to complex problems related to sustainable development, forestry, wood products and the emerging conservation economy.

Currently, Kozak’s work focuses on the well being of forest-dependent communities, international development and poverty alleviation strategies, forest certification, corporate social responsibility, and forest sector sustainability and competitiveness.

The sessions are open to the general public and organizations that are interested in forests and communities in transition.

Kozak’s presentation is the final installment of the 2011 Forest Capital Speaker Series hosted by the Cariboo Regional District’s Forest Capital of Canada Committee.

Kozak’s presentation in Williams Lake will be held in the Gathering Place at Thompson Rivers University starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Kozak will also be making presentations at The Lodge Valley Room in 100 Mile House Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. and at the Quesnel Council Chambers in Quesnel at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

This events are sponsored by the Williams Lake and District Credit Union and West Fraser, Quesnel Division.

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