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Forestry Connects and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Introduce Teens to Forestry Careers

KENORA, ON, May 26, 2017—Forestry Connects, an annual Forests Ontario program which educates high school students on careers in the forestry sector, was held from May 25th-26th with generous support from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

Schools from Ontario and Manitoba congregated in Kenora, Ontario for two full-days of outdoor workshops, camping activities, and interaction with and leaders in the Forestry industry.

Forestry Connects provides an opportunity for students to learn about the variety of careers in forestry–from forestry professionals, machine operators, First Nations and even biologists. Everyone within Ontario’s world leading forestry sector plays an important role in ensuring that our natural resources are managed in a sustainably by balancing social, environmental, and economic objectives. More importantly, the Forestry Connects program provides students with the opportunity to network with those working in these careers to ask about their education and career paths, and leave inspired. The program challenges students to learn beyond the classroom and ask questions they may not ask in a traditional learning environment.

“Many of today’s youth just aren’t aware of the wonderful careers offered in the forestry sector,” said Rob Keen, CEO at Forests Ontario. “Forestry Connects gives high school students a window intro the forestry industry and promotes young people connecting with nature.”

Forests Ontario would like to extend our thanks to the members of the forestry community in Kenora including Weyerhaeuser, Miisun, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Sumac. This year, Forestry Connects was made possible due to a community grant from SFI, as well as support from our partners Weyerhaeuser and Ontario Wood.

We would also like to thank the schools that participated in the program including Elmwood School and Warren Collegiate from Manitoba, Red Lake High School and Beaver Brae from Ontario.


For more information, photos or to arrange an interview contact:
Jeannette Holder
Communications Manager
416.464.1193 ext. 257

Forests Ontario is the voice of 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 or follow us @Forests Ontario.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (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 countless other organizations and individuals who share our passion for, and commitment to, healthy forests, responsible purchasing and sustainable communities.