National Forest Week Underway
Prince George, B.C. – Forestry is a key economic driver for B.C. and Canada, and this week, events are planned throughout the province to mark its importance to all residents.
“National Forest Week provides BC families with opportunities to learn more about our forests” says Bill Bourgeois, executive director of the National Forest Week BC Coalition.
“Outdoor recreation plays a large role in the lifestyles of many British Columbians and forests are a critical part of that” says Bourgeois. He says with the growth of urban areas, many may not realize that forests are “much more than a collection of scenic trees where we hike, bike and take pictures.”
The importance of forests is a message that is being delivered in a number of classrooms in Prince George, highlighted with special tours organized by the Cariboo section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry. They will be leading school children on a “Walk in the Woods” tours for elementary school students along the Willow River Interpretive Trail east of Prince George. On Saturday, the 30th, tours will be open to the public and will wrap up with a BBQ at the woodlot.