Twenty-four teachers from across the region were able to learn more about the forestry sector recently, hosted by the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s Lake of the Woods Section. This was the second annual tour.

Teachers from the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board and the Kenora Catholic District School Board were able to participate in classroom sessions led by forestry professionals. The sessions focused on forest management planning, the science of forestry, legislation, forest certification and operations.

“There are very few opportunities like this across Canada and we are so proud to be hosting this event in Northwestern Ontario”, says Maddie Kennedy, Canadian Institute of Forestry’s Vice Chair for the Lake of the Woods Section.

Weyerhauser hosted the group and provided a tour of their mills, and teachers also participated in a field tour of active harvest operations that included hands-on activities for the educators. The field tour also included efforts from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Domtar, FP Innovations, Miisun Integrated Resource Management and Devlin Timber.

“There are many misconceptions about forestry and we want to provide an opportunity for educators to learn about sustainable forestry practices first hand from those professionals who work in the forest sector every day,” Kennedy added.

Teachers were later provided with classroom-ready teaching kits, activities and other materials for elementary and secondary school students which fit into the provincial curriculum.


More Local News

Suspect apprehended

Police have apprehended a man, following a hold and secure at Kenora schools this afternoon. At around 2:10 p.m. members of the Kenora OPP detachment responded to an incident in the north side of the…

Hold and secure in Kenora

A hold and secure was been put in place for students in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, as well as the Kenora Catholic District School Board. Senior staff from both school boards are…

CIBC branch manager provides update for customers

CIBC Branch manager Jackie Hailstone said Sunday's fire on Main St didn't impact the inside of the building too badly. "The inside is actually not too bad. We have more concerns around the outside of…

Main street clean up joint effort

No word yet on when Main St in Kenora will reopen to vehicular traffic. The clean up of the street is a joint effort between the Kenora Fire & Emergency Services Department, Kenora OPP and City of…

Kenora mayor proud of how the community stepped up

Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard said it's always difficult when tragic events happen in the community, such as Sunday's fatal fire in downtown Kenora. "Such a tragedy anytime we see, or feel, a loss of life…

Kiiwetinoong member lobbies for at-risk youth

Kiiwetinoong member Sol Mamakwa is lobbying for more help in the Far North, when it comes to children in care. At Queen's Park, he again questioned the government's cancellation of the child…

Tragedy and Heroes

Kenora fire chief Todd Skene is still working with investigators and business owners, after yesterday's fire on Main Street. "On behalf of the city, our thoughts are with the person, who passed away,…

Smell is 'pretty bad,' says Bargain Shop manager

Ceiling tiles look in tough shape at the Bargain Shop.Tina Desaulnier manages the Bargain Shop on Main Street, and she describes conditions she found, when she opened up this morning, "The smell…

Tenant, relative still recovering

A sacred fire is burning today in front of the Fellowship Centre. Charles Rochelieu was among those paying their respects, after he escaped from yesterday's fire. "I was in Lila's Block sleeping. The…

Main Street Kenora open to pedestrian traffic

Main St in Kenora is once again open to pedestrian traffic. The street had been closed since yesterday at noon, when emergency crews received the call about a fire, which resulted in the demolition… is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.