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January 14th, 2008
Winners Announced in National Forestry Competition

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PR – Three Canadian graduate forestry students have discovered new insights
that could lead to improvements and cost savings in future forest
management efforts across Canada. The discoveries of Sarah Weber of the
University of British Columbia (UBC), Ian Curran of the University of
Alberta (U of A), and Jeanne Moore of the University of New Brunswick
(UNB), have earned the students top spots in a national student
research competition organized in Montreal by the Sustainable Forest
Management (SFM) Network.

First-place winner Sarah Weber, Forest Resource Management, University
of British Columbia determined that in light of the recent historic
legal victory for the Tsilhqotin Nation in B.C. legal changes are
required to support greater Aboriginal decision-making authority and
stewardship roles in forest management. Changes would require a shift
towards more holistic and culturally-sensitive approaches, and more
equitable distribution of resource revenues and harvesting rights.

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