From September 20-26, TimberWest will join other organizations and individuals across the country in celebrating Canada’s forests with National Forest Week 2015. This long-standing tradition was originally started in 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, so it is fitting that this year’s theme is Wildland Fire: You can make a difference!
In our North Island region, TimberWest is partnering with many other forest companies and associations to support a special insert in the Campbell River Mirror Newspaper. This insert covers locals NFW events and relevant forest research, and this year will include articles on Community Wildfire Protection Plans, fire-fighting, fire scanning for hot spots, and the history of the Sayward Fire. Additionally, TimberWest employees will be among a group of professionals and forestry students from the Campbell River High School leading a series of events on September 23rd, National Tree Day. Educational forest walks through the Beaver Lodge lands, scavenger hunts, and a trade show will be hosted for students in grades JK-12.
In the South Island region, TimberWest staff will be helping at local events in Nanaimo and Port Alberni. In Nanaimo, members of the public will get the rare opportunity to tour the watershed that supplies the municipality’s drinking water. In addition, TimberWest is supporting forestry booths that will be set up in the Nanaimo Airport and Port Place Mall and will be manned by VIU Forestry students. In Port Alberni, over 200 Grade 5 students will tour McLean Mill, a National Historic Site. They will experience interactive stops regarding forestry, riparian areas, wildfire and logging along the way.
TimberWest also recognizes that organizing events across our diverse province requires a large amount of logistical coordination. To support these efforts, the company has donated $1000 to the provincial National Forest Week planning committee.
To find more information, educational resources, or local event details, check out the National Forest Week website.