(May. 14, 1998, Gazette)
The Forest Centre at Memorial's Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus was officially opened May 8 by Premier Brian Tobin. The 36,000 sq. ft. facility houses the Canadian Forestry Service, Memorial's forestry program and offices of the Western Newfoundland Model Forest.
Also on hand for the opening were Memorial President Dr. Arthur May, Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte MP Gerry Byrne and provincial forestry minister Kevin Aylward.
"The official opening of this magnificent facility is a keystone in our forest management strategy," said Premier Tobin. "The centre brings together a number of partners, all working to place us at the forefront of effective forest ecosystem management. Leadership in this area is critical if we are to enhance our forests for the economic, social and recreational benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians."
At Grenfell, Memorial offers the first two years of a five-year B.Sc. in forestry from the University of New Brunswick.
Dr. May welcomed the opportunities promised by the new facility.
"Sustainable management has become an economic imperative," he said. "As much as we have learned, we still have a long way to go. Research is still our best approach to develop sustainable practices.
Memorial's wing of the $5.7 million Forest Centre includes faculty offices, a faculty lounge, teaching spaces and a 43-seat lecture theatre.
The opening of the Forest Centre coincided with National Forestry Week.
As well, the Newfoundland Forest Protection Association announced the creation of a scholarship for a student completing his or her second year of study at Grenfell College's forestry program planning to continue forestry studies at any other university in Canada. The scholarship is valued at $2,000.