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Forestry Connects Brings Students to the Forestry Capital of Canada

Posted: September 23, 2016

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Our Forestry Connects program gives Ontario high school students a first hand look at what it’s like to work in forestry. Since 2010, we’ve taken over 170 students and teachers into Ontario’s forests to meet with foresters, operators, First Nations, and biologists to learn everything there is to know about growing and sustainably managing Ontario’s forests.

For National Forest Week, over 40 students joined us to explore and learn more about forest management in Renfrew Country.

Forestry is part of the culture in the Ottawa Valley, not just a major employer, and was named the Forestry Capital of Canada in 1984. Settlement in Canada began with forestry in this region, where the harvesting of white pine for ship building back in England. Even today, many local forestry companies in the region have been run by the same family for as many as six generations.

If you’re interested in learning more about Forestry Connects or participating in the future, check out the program’s page here.

Thanks to all who joined us in Renfrew County!