Teachers will be given the opportunity to experience sustainable forestry through a unique educational opportunity that allows for informed decisions.
For the seventh, consecutive year, the Canadian Lumbermen’s Association (CLA) Forestry Teachers Tour will be staged at the Canadian Ecology Centre (CEC), near Mattawa. It is opportunity for 35-40 educators to view forestry from a number of perspectives including harvesting, forest management, silviculture and wood fiber utilization. The CLA is one of Canada’s oldest trade organizations, experiencing its 100th anniversary in 2007, its mandate include forestry education.
Teachers will meet scientists, visit a mill, climb a fire tower, a heritage logging museum, evaluate active harvesting and view the “forest of tomorrow” (silviculture). There are two, four-day tours, August 7-10 and August 14-17 (bilingual).
“As a forestry education and science centre we are providing unbiased opportunity for teachers to view the forest industry,” said Bill Steer, General Manager of the CEC. “Trees are our largest plants and wood fibre is truly a renewable resource, a good example of the term – sustainability.”
He said, “The forest of tomorrow is a result of good science and its application. Teachers, and the students they ‘affect,’ have this opportunity to judge for themselves. In this increased time of environmental awareness, the forest industry continues to serve as an example of sustainability, embracing the economic, social and ecological values trees and the forest gives us.”
For more information contact Bill Steer, [email protected] or 1-888-747-7577, ext. 570.