(Thunder Bay - March 19, 2004) Lakehead University will receive an estimated $1 million in funding from the Living Legacy Trust (LLT) to enhance forestry research. With these funds, the Living Legacy Research Program Advisory Committee will administer the Living Legacy Research Program, the Living Legacy Graduate Scholarship, and the Living Legacy Trust Document Repository.
"The board was very pleased with the LLT aspect of the Lakehead University proposal, including the LLT Document Repository and the Scholarship," says Michael Power, Chair of the LLT. "Moreover, the extensive access to leverage the dollars for research themes aligned to the LLT mandate will allow many diverse groups to apply for funding. The diverse nature of the Advisory Committee will ensure that many aspects are addressed when considering projects."
The Living Legacy Research Program Advisory Committee will include representatives from the forest industry, First Nations, the tourism industry, the hunting and fishing community, the
conservation community, and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
"The Living Legacy Trust has played an important role in funding projects to offset the impact of the Lands for Life land use decisions and provide new research data to aid sustainable forest management," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, President of Lakehead University. "It is heartening that LLT has at the end of its mandate "entrusted" Lakehead University to continue its good work with the Trust's residual funds."
Living Legacy Research Program
The project receiving the majority of funding will be the Living Legacy Research Program. This program will take the funds and allocate them to other peer-reviewed research projects and activities that meet the same purpose as that of the LLT. These funds would also be open to researchers in Ontario-based forest industries, Ontario universities and colleges, non-government organizations, municipal and federal government agencies, First Nations, and other resource management organizations.
The Living Legacy Research Program will be calling for proposals in November 2004 for projects beginning in April 2005. The project themes include: improved information for sustainable
resource management; forest productivity, succession, and growth and yield; wood quality and value-added; and sustainable forest management.
Living Legacy Graduate Scholarships
The Living Legacy Graduate Scholarships will be awarded to Masters and PhD students pursuing research endeavours that continue the mandate of the Living Legacy Trust at Lakehead University. The first scholarship will be awarded in 2005. With the funds available in the Scholarship, the program has the potential to help support up to 12 Masters students and 5 PhD students over a period of 7 years.
Living Legacy Trust Document Repository
The Living Legacy Trust Document Repository is the creation of a collection of the Living Legacy Trust documents at the Lakehead University Library as well as maintenance and continued development of the LLT Website. The Repository will make results of LLT projects available to forest managers, other researchers, and the public.
The Living Legacy Trust, which was established by the Province of Ontario to invest in natural resource management projects in Northern Ontario, will expire on March 31, 2004. Once administrative closing activities are complete, including final payments on LLT grants, the remaining funds will be awarded to Lakehead University for this project. It is anticipated that over $1 million in funds will be available.
Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer, Lakehead University, 343-8177
Living Legacy Trust
Pam Gilliland, Program Analyst, Living Legacy Trust, 416 964 7636