Fisheries and Land Resources
September 20, 2019

Exploring Our Natural Surroundings Encouraged During National Forest Week

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are being encouraged to get outside to explore our forests and learn more about the importance of this valuable resource during National Forest Week, September 22 to 28. This year’s theme is “Canada's Forests: Diverse Outdoor Classrooms”.

National Forest Week traditionally provides an opportunity to highlight the value of Canada’s expansive forest resource, educate Canadians about our country’s forest heritage, and stresses the need to responsibly manage our forests for the future.

The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources is hosting two ‘Outdoor Classroom’ themed events during National Forest Week designed to encourage interest and participation among youth and provide a unique opportunity for students to learn more about our Newfoundland and Labrador’s forest resources in a fun-filled, interactive setting.  Events are being held on Monday, September 23 at the Pasadena Forestry and Wildlife district office and on September 24 and 25 at the Wooddale Provincial Tree Nursery. 

The department will also be featuring an interactive ‘Seed to Product’ booth at the Agriculture Expo being held at the Corner Brook Civic Centre from September 27 to 29.  A full schedule of National Forest Weeks events is available in the backgrounder.

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“Our forest resources in this province has a meaningful influence on our culture, heritage and indeed all aspects of our daily lives. They are a source of recreation, food, building materials and provide a home for our bountiful array of wildlife.  During National Forest Week, I encourage Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to get outside and take a few moments to truly appreciate our forests and consider how they positively contribute to our happiness and well-being.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources 

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Media contact
Craig Renouf
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2923, 640-6922
craigrenouf@gov.nl.ca

BACKGROUNDER

National Forest Week Events

Sunday, September 22

Junior Forest Wardens – Fall Tree Planting Event
Location: Cupids Long Pond

The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources is working in collaboration with the Junior Forest Wardens organization to support this event.  The Paddy’s Pond Forestry and Wildlife and District Office are providing tree seedlings from the Wooddale Provincial Tree Nursery as well as shovels and tools for the event.

Monday, September 23

 

Open House - Pasadena Forestry and Wildlife District Office
Location: Pasadena Forestry and Wildlife District Office
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources will be hosting an interactive ‘outdoor classroom’ consisting of various forestry themed displays including forest fire fighting, tree planting, wildlife safety, domestic wood cutting and more!  Invitations have been extended to schools in the Corner Brook, Pasadena and Deer Lake area.  Smokey Bear will be there to promote wildfire safety and there will be a celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday!  Forestry staff will be serving hotdogs and refreshments.

Project Learning Tree Canada - Green Ride for Green Jobs Finale
Location: St. John’s – Terry Fox Memorial
Time:10:00 a.m. to Noon               

Conservation Officers from the Paddy’s Pond Forestry and Wildlife District Office will be participating in a ceremony marking the conclusion of a cross Canada bike ride in support of Green Jobs. This event is planned and organized by National Forest Week partners Project Tree Learning Canada and the Green Ride for Green Jobs to acknowledge completion of the journey. The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources will be providing tree seedlings for children and others in attendance.

Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25

Outdoor Classroom at Wooddale Provincial Tree Nursery
Location: Wooddale Provincial Tree Nursery
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Department of Fisheries and Land Resources staff from the Bishop’s Falls Forestry and Wildlife District Office in partnership with the Wooddale Provincial Tree Nursery is hosting outreach education sessions aimed at youth participation.  Staff will use a variety of displays to educate local youth about forestry stewardship, silviculture, wildlife control, forest fire protection and more.

Invitations have been extended to local area schools to attend. 

Wednesday, September 25

 

National Tree Day
Location: St. John’s - Victoria Park
Time:  11:00 a.m. 

Conservation Officers from the Paddy’s Pond Forestry & Wildlife District Forestry Office will be representing the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources at this event.  The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources will be providing tree seedlings for participants and Smokey Bear will be in attendance. 

Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29

Seed to Product - Interactive Booth
Location: Agriculture Expo – Corner Brook Civic Centre

The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources will host a forestry themed ‘Seed to Product’ booth providing visitors with a hands-on interactive learning experience.

 

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