Mackenzie Forest Education Society – February 28, 2003

FOREST EDUCATION SOCIETY THANKS INDUSTRY PARTNERS

At a special luncheon reception on February 28, 2003 in Peace River, the Mackenzie Forest Education Society thanked its industry partners for their support for the Society’s Forest Educators Program.

As noted by Ewa Ardiel, a Society Director and the Chair of the Forest Educators Program, the success of this program rests in two areas. The wonderful support we have received from Boucher Brothers Lumber Limited, Canadian Forest Products Limited – Hines Creek Division, Daishowa-Marubeni International Limited, Manning Diversified Forest Products Limited and Zavisha Sawmills Limited, as well as the outstanding work of our Forest Educators, Louise and Victor Ploc. Our industry partners have provided the necessary financial resources to support the good work of Louise and Victor.

The goal of the Forest Educators Program is to promote forestry-related education to youth, especially students in the area. Program initiatives will provide students with insight into a wide range of subjects such as forests, wildlife, vegetation and the natural environment.

Tom Baldwin, the Society’s President said, “the number of students that have participated in the Program is remarkable and certainly beyond the Society’s initial expectations. The feedback from students, teachers and school administrators has been very positive. This response has been a testament to the goals and objectives of the Program being realized.” The Forest Educators completed classroom presentations or interpretative hikes with some 1,274 students (61 classrooms). This is an increase of 540 students from the previous year’s total. Baldwin noted, “this increase is an indication of the endless energy that Louise and Victor put into the Forest Educators Program.”

The industry partners contribute funding to the Program, as well as assistance to the Forest Educators. They have made a five-year commitment to the Program with the possibility of an extension to it. As mentioned by Ms. Ardiel, “having this luncheon to thank our industry partners was very timely as it provided the Society with an opportunity to inform them of the success of the Program, the activities associated with it and the response by the participants.”

At the luncheon, the Society also recognized the important contribution of the two school divisions, Holy Family Catholic Schools and the Peace River School Division, and the many efforts of Wayne Doll and Greg Woronuk. As Directors of the Society, they both provide advice, support and assistance to the Forest Educators Program.

The Mackenzie Forest Education Society is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that promotes forestry-related education and public awareness.