New Voice of Collaboration on Forestry Scene
The Atlantic Forest Research Collaborative (AFRC) aims to enhance forest research and professional development in the Atlantic region, while also reaching out to the public to improve understanding of forestry related science and multi sourced knowledge including indigenous knowledge.
Now completing its second year of operation, the AFRC is a not-for-profit, science-based, consensus-driven organization with members from the academic, Indigenous, government, industry, small business and conservationist communities. It’s based at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
AFRC goals include a more collaborative forestry community that works together
to improve forest management for the benefit of all. It’s also a scholarly, non-advocacy source of independent forest science and information. AFRC operations receive funding from a non-profit foundation or other neutral source.
“To succeed we need research that creates new knowledge, an informed public that values our forests and the forestry community, and a community of forestry professionals who are highly competent, informed and effective.” says Van Lantz, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at UNB and chair of the AFRC advisory board.
The Collaborative is overseen by Executive Director Kevin Percy, and is supported by a science writer and public engagement specialist. The AFRC publishes a variety of articles on its website
ranging from detailed research to readable updates on forest issues.