Greater Fredericton designated as the 2023 forest capital of Canada
September 14, 2022 By Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada
The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF-IFC) is pleased to announce the Greater Fredericton Area (City of Fredericton), N.B., as the Forest Capital of Canada (FCC) for 2023.
“The Forest Capital of Canada designation was established in 1979 and celebrates a community or a region for its connectivity to the forest,” noted Mark Pearson, executive director, CIF-IFC.
The FCC program focuses on the valuable role forests play in the socio-economic and environmental health of our communities – past, present and future, while also recognizing and celebrating the rich forest heritage and commitment to sustainable forest management practices across Canada. Originally delivered by the Canadian Forestry Association, the CIF-IFC now administers this legacy program, designating a community or region to host a celebration of its forest resources for a period of 12-24 months.
The Greater Fredericton Area (City of Fredericton) is a hub for excellence in the forest profession, home to several leading forest sector companies, as well as boasting a number of forest research, training and advocacy organizations within the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Complex. The city is also home to several post-secondary academic institutions with forestry and natural resources programs. The city has over 70 years of demonstrated stewardship and management of the urban forest, through the creation of the Fredericton Tree Commission, and the Parks and Trees Division.
“The Forest Capital of Canada Designation helps recognize the valuable role forestry has played in the economic and environmental growth of the Fredericton region,” mentions Brad Epp, past president, CIF-IFC. “We are excited to see their forestry celebrations unfold next year in 2023.”
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