Selkirk College, Attn: Mandy Flanagan
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
Following high-school, I studied Earth and Geological Sciences at the University of Windsor where I further cultivated my interest in environmentalism.
As a young adult, I pursued every opportunity to be in and work outdoors, from partaking in solo backpacking trips, to working as a Natural Heritage Educator for Ontario Parks, tree planting, and working for the BC Wildfire Management Branch as a wildland firefighter.
In 2010 I attended SAIT College and pursued a career as a professional EMR/Firefighter. However, the call of the mountains eventually brought us back to the West Kootenay’s where I attended school at Selkirk College obtaining a Diploma in Forest Technology.
Following graduation, I worked as a Forestry Technologist and became a Registered Forest Technologist with the ABCFP. Throughout my career, I trekked through magnificent spruce forests in the ESSF, trod beneath ancient cedars in the ICH, encountered grizzly's and black bears, wolves and mule deer, owls and eagles, and experienced the magic of solitude and oneness of being completely alone with nature.
During this time, I also cultivated an interest in sustainable forest practices and ecological restoration and their applications in the future of BC forestry. To further my knowledge in this area, I began taking Continuing Education Courses in Restoration of Natural Systems through the University of Victoria.
I have been teaching in the Forestry Department since the winter semester of 2019.