OTTAWA, ON—Canadian Forest Owners is proud to support Loïc Ales, the latest recipient of the Peter deMarsh Memorial Scholarship.

The $10,000 bursary will enable Mr. Ales to devote himself to his studies, aimed at better understanding the behaviours of forest owners in the face of the legal regime for the conservation of natural environments in private forests. In so doing, he hopes to contribute to the evaluation and improvement of existing programs, with a view to better articulating the economic, social and environmental issues facing forest owners, forest-based communities and, more broadly, society as a whole.

Mr. Ales is a Master’s candidate in Forest Sciences at the Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatic of Université Laval, under the supervision of professor Maude Flamand-Hubert.

This bursary was created to honour the memory of Peter deMarsh, who worked all his life to convince tens of millions of forest owners around the world to act collectively within local, regional, national and international organizations to better defend their interests.

The scholarship supports two categories:

  • A bursary of up to $3,000 is awarded to help representatives of woodland owners’ associations attend international conferences dealing with issues affecting forest owners and
  • A $10,000 bursary to be awarded each year to a graduate student in the final stages of their doctoral or master’s research at a Canadian university. The research project must address the role of woodlot owners or woodlot owner associations in solving social, economic or environmental problems.

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