Diversity strengthens forests

“I expected you to have an accent, but you spoke the clearest out of all the speakers” We often think of people in forestry as two units “women vs men”, but undermine the importance of heterogeneity and diversity within genders. Diversity is a complex term that also includes race, and age. Having a diverse group within a field brings forth different experiences and perspectives towards a common good. As a young woman of a minority group, getting into forestry was a surprise for me. It’s those unexpected moments that make life so interesting, inspiring, and learning to embrace those moments is essential. Growing up in a Canadian Tamil-Srilankan household and having a curious scientific mind,

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