Being able to explore our diverse local forests is one of the advantages of living in the Cariboo Chilcotin. National Forest Week is Sept. 23-29 and residents are encourage to get out and see all the natural beauty that surrounds us. Angie Mindus photo

Celebrate National Forest Week Sept. 23-29

National Forest Week Sept. 23-29 highlights the living laboratories that are B.C.’s forests.

National Forest Week Sept. 23-29 highlights the living laboratories that are B.C.’s forests.

Among them, research forests are the focus of National Forest Week.

“British Columbians have a strong affinity for the outdoors and the natural beauty of our forests. But people may not realize that forests are also living laboratories that offer us places to observe, experiment, and learn,” said Bill Bourgeois, executive director of the National Forest Week BC Coalition.

“Forest research helps grow our knowledge of biodiversity, forest management and climate change. By learning how forests grew and reacted in the past, as well as predicting responses to new pressures like climate change, we can build a greener future and maintain healthy, vibrant, and productive forests across the country.”

Both the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern BC maintain research forests. UBC operates the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge and the Alex Fraser Research Forest in Williams Lake, while UNBC operates the Aleza Lake Research Forest east of Prince George and the John Prince Research Forest near Fort St. James in partnership with the Tl’azt’en First Nation. Additional forest research operations are also run by the federal and provincial governments as well as individual forestry companies across the province.

National Forest Week provides B.C. families with opportunities to learn more about our forests and raise awareness about this renewable resource. Whether it’s a walk in the woods, a talk in the classroom, or a showcase of the “critters” that live in the forest, adults and children alike can see how registered forest professionals manage B.C.’s forests for a wide range of uses including recreation, wildlife habitat, timber harvesting, forest ecosystems protection, and other values important to British Columbians.

Many teachers across B.C. will be inviting forest professionals to speak to students in their classrooms and the Association of BC Forest Professionals sponsors its annual art contest for children aged 4 to 12. Details and contest entry forms are available on the BC National Forest Week website.

National Forest Week is coordinated nationally by the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) and in BC by the National Forest Week BC Coalition, a group of volunteers from the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

Visit the BC National Forest Week website for more information.

Do you have a comment about this story? email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Fire claims two historic buildings in downtown Williams Lake

Several other businesses damaged by water used to fight the blaze

TRU hosts second round of public consultations

A dozen concerned lakecity locals came out to the Pioneer Complex to provide their feedback

Global Climate Strike and March a well-attended call to action

Generations of concerned citizens marched on city hall led by the youth of today

Update: Firefighters battle blaze in downtown Williams Lake

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, crews on scene

Air quality back to low risk in Williams Lake after firefighters extinguish downtown building fires

Crews continue to clean up after fire destroyed two downtown businesses

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

Charges stayed against Alberta RCMP officer in alleged off-duty Whistler assault

Const. Vernon Hagen instead completed an alternative measures program

Most Read