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.