May 19, 2017 - On May 25th and 26th Forests Ontario will host its Forestry Connects educational program in Kenora, Ont., for the first time. As a non-profit organization committed to re-greening the province and beyond, Forests Ontario hosts the Forestry Connects program to provide high school students with the opportunity to visit forestry dependent communities for a behind the scenes look at forestry operations in Ontario.
This year’s program is sponsored by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Ontario Wood. It gives high school students a window into the forestry sector and the careers available and it promotes young people engaging with nature. During the two-day program, students will be introduced to concepts such as sustainable harvesting, tree marking, and developing forest management plans.
At the end of Forestry Connects, students leave with a more accurate understanding of our province’s forestry sector, particularly how using raw materials from our forests to create valuable products is balanced with the sustainable management of these natural resources. Founded in 2010, the program connects students and teachers with foresters, forestry operators, First Nations and biologists.
WHAT: Forestry Connects in Kenora, Ontario
WHO: 50 high school students from Ontario and Manitoba and their teachers will interact with professionals from the forestry sector.
Program support provided by SFI and Ontario Wood
WHEN: May 25th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & May 26th, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Reddit, Ontario on Thursday May 25th, 2017; Kenora, Ontario on Friday May 26th
About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario's forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.
About the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
SFI is a sustainability organization that stands for future forests. SFI Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized SFI Program. SFI works collaboratively with conservation groups, local communities, youth, resource professionals, landowners and others who share our passion for, and commitment to, healthy forests, responsible purchasing and sustainable communities. Visit www.sfiprogram.org or follow us @sfiprogram.
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