Forests Ontario invites teens to learn more about the forestry sector

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 

 


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