Grooming the Next-gen: Interfor’s Co-op Program Gives Students a Taste of Forestry

By PJ Boyd

Tara Griener is what you might call an accidental forester. The native of Timmins, Ont., always envisioned herself going into a career in mining – not working deep among the trees in the interior of B.C.

“I wasn’t fully set on forestry,” she says. “I was nervous going into the industry. You hear from some people that it’s dangerous.”

But Griener, a co-op student, is now on her second work term as a planning assistant with Interfor in Adams Lake, B.C. – some 3,500 kilometres away from her hometown. And those safety concerns? They quickly dried up after a few days on the job.