Events planned in Newfoundland and Labrador to celebrate National Forest Week

Events planned in Newfoundland and Labrador to celebrate National Forest Week

September 21, 2022 By Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Minister Derrick Bragg is joined by Smokey Bear and Conservation Officers Sara Richards and Wade Lahey from the Paddy’s Pond Forestry and Wildlife District Office as he signs the proclamation declaring September 18 – 24 as National Forest Week 2002.

The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture will be supporting and participating in several events taking place throughout the province to mark National Forest Week 2022, being celebrated from September 18 to 24, and National Tree Day on Wednesday, September 21.

The theme for National Forest Week this year is “Canada’s Forests: Solutions for a Changing Climate”.

“Our team of professional foresters are dedicated to the sustainable and responsible management of our forests and ensuring this valuable resource remains healthy and productive for future generations. During National Forest Week, I encourage residents of the province to acknowledge the efforts of those responsible for managing and protecting our forests, appreciate the important contribution forests make in our daily lives and reflect on the role forests play in helping reduce impacts associated with climate change,” said Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Derrick Bragg.

On Wednesday, September 21, the department will host ‘Explore Forestry Day’ taking place at Margaret Bowater Park in Corner Brook. Several elementary school classes from Corner Brook and area will take part in this all-day event which features a variety of forestry related exhibits and demonstrations designed to educate and inform youth about our forests outside in a natural, fun-filled setting.

Throughout the week, Forestry and Wildlife district staff will also be visiting elementary schools in Gander, Pasadena and L’Anse au Loup to deliver various forestry themed activities, demonstrations and discussions about issues such as tree planting, forest fire prevention, wildlife control and forest management.

Youth are also being encouraged to participate in photo, drawing and poetry contests being offered by National Forest Week partners Canadian Institute of Forestry.

The department is also providing spruce tree seedlings for planting free of charge to residents across the province throughout National Forest Week. Individuals, schools, youth organizations and community groups, are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity help participate in this initiative aimed at highlighting the benefits of tree planting while taking action to address climate change.

Seedlings will be available at Forestry and Wildlife offices located in Northwest River, Happy Valley–Goose Bay, Wabush, Port Hope Simpson, Cartwright, Springdale, Bishops Falls, Milltown, Paddy’s Pond, Massey Drive, St. George’s, Pasadena, Roddickton, Port Saunders and Clarenville.

For more details: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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