Nature’s Past Episode 15: Forestry Education in Canada

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Episode 15: Forestry Education in Canada

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In 1907, the University of Toronto opened Canada’s first forestry school to undergraduate students. This was the beginning of formal forestry education in Canada and great step forward for the profession. However, the history of the Faculty of Forestry reveals a troubled past filled with struggles to balance the interests of the provincial government, private industry, and the university administration. Mark Kuhlberg joins us for an extended interview about his new book One Hundred Rings and Counting: Forestry Education and Forestry in Toronto and Canada, 1907-2007  in which he chronicles the first century of this foundational institution and fills a significant gap in the literature on the history of the development of professional forestry.

Also, Lauren Wheeler, from the New Scholars in Canadian History and Environment Group discusses an upcoming virtual environmental history workshop for graduate students called Place and Placelessness.

Image of Book Cover: One Hundred Rings and Counting: Forestry Education and Forestry in Toronto and Canada, 1907-2007


Mark Kuhlberg
Lauren Wheeler

Work Cited:

Sean Kheraj, Canadian History & Environment

Mark Kuhlberg, One Hundred Rings and Counting: Forestry Education and Forestry in Toronto and Canada, 1907-2007. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

A.R.M. Lower, The North American Assault on the Canadian Forest: A History of the Lumber Trade Between Canada and the United States. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1938.

H.V. Nelles, The Politics of Development: Forests, Mines, and Hydro-Electric Power in Ontario, 1849-1941. Toronto: Macmillan, 1974.

Graeme Wynn, Timber Colony: A Historical Geography of Early Nineteenth Century New Brunswick. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.

Peter R. Gillis and Thomas R. Roach, Lost Initiatives: Canada’s Forest Industries, Forest Policies, and Forest Conservation. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1986.

Adam Crymble, “The End of People Moving?: Follow the Grad Students” on Thoughts on Public and Digital History, 25 May 2010.

Place and Placelessness: A Virtual Environmental History Workshop for Graduate Students

Music Credits:

“Carioca” by Neurowaxx

“Triple Layer Guitar in E” by Neurowaxx

“Stumblin Riddums” by Neurowaxx

“Hello Sweetie” by B.A. Rolfe

Photo Credit:

“Forestry float for the all Varsity Parade during Homecoming” Credit: University of Toronto Archives, A1972-0025/002 (32)


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 15: Forestry Education in Canada.” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 26 May 2010.

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Sean Kheraj is the director of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and vice dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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