2011 is the UN’s International Year of Forests: Celebrating Forests for People (http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/index.shtml).
This week specifically, however, is special to Canada. September 18-24, 2011 is National Forest Week. This is an annual event that gives Canadians the chance to tell their story and gives the public the opportunity to learn about their forests.
National Forest Week has a long history in Canada with celebrations beginning as early as the 1920s. However, this week was initially recognized as Forest Fire Prevention Week. By 1967, the focus shifted from the prevention of forest fires to a broader look at the issues facing Canadian forests.
The BC forests specifically have faced challenges with forest fires and the Pine Beetle. Take some time this week and consider the importance of managing Canada’s forests to meet present and future needs.
Here in Metro Vancouver, we are fortunate to have 22 regional parks. Take your family out to the regional park nearest you and enjoy what nature has to offer.
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With beautiful weather like this, head outside on your lunch break and take a stroll through the nearest park in recognition of our National Forests!