Expanding Our Roots
Highlights from the Forest Capital
2005- Revelstoke, BC
Woodworking Show was held at the Visual Arts Centre,
September 10-30, 2005. Fourteen exhibitors entered 24 pieces
in the show. Many visitors attended the Wood Transformed exhibition.
Awards were given for Best Student/Novice work, Most Innovative
piece, Best Furniture, Best Small Wood piece and Best Crafted
conjunction with the National & BC Woodlot Federation
Conference, held in Vernon, BC, a tour of a local woodlot
and the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation's log sort yard
was organized for over forty conference participants on October
15, 2005 .
The grand opening of the District Energy
System & Biomass
Energy Plant was held October 29,
2005. The official Opening Ceremony took place at 1:00 pm,
with short tours taking place between 1:30-4:30 pm for the
The Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology hosted the Creating
Bear Aware Communities 2005 Conference held in Revelstoke
on November 2 & 3. Over fifty participants attended the two
day conference. The conference summary will be available at www.cmiae.org .
A Legacy Project is being considered
by the City of Revelstoke that will see the construction of a timberframe
footbridge across the Illecillewaet River. The bridge will connect
the community's River Trail System to another network of trails
that has been informally established providing access the Arrow
Heights subdivision and the wetlands south of Revelstoke. A major
benefactor is interested in providing seed capital to initiate
II Conference- Banff, Alberta
The recent ForestEDWest II conference held in Banff
in January brought nearly 175 forest education practitioners, classroom
educators and supporters from industry, government and the not-for-profit
sector together to highlight forest education across Western Canada
. Workshops, resource displays and discussion groups promoted the
sharing of ideas, strategies and goals in the delivery of forest
education programs and discussed ways to help grow and sustain
these programs for the future.
Deb Bazett, Kalon Nahachewsky
and Debbie Sluggett at the Conference's Saturday night BBQ.
The conference was organized by the Inside Education
Society of Alberta, a non-profit organization providing education
programming to Alberta teachers and students, community groups
and the public on issues related to environmental sustainability
and the development and use of our natural resources.
One of the workshop speakers at Banff was Deb Sluggett
(Okanagan-Columbia Educational Liaison), assisted by Kalon Nahachewsky
Deb Sluggett presents
at the Banff Conference.
Columbia), Deb Bazett (COFI South Forest Education)
and Susan Bondar (Forest Educator, Thompson zone). Deb S. spoke
on the types of forest education resources she has been involved
with developing for teachers, in particular, the newest resource, "CLEM-
A Journey into BC's Logging Industry". This is a DVD and lesson
package that looks at the high-tech machines of the forest industry
and career opportunities for students within the industry. It will
be distributed to elementary schools throughout BC this spring.
All those who attended ForestEDWest II left with
a network of contacts and ideas for the future and a new concept
of the scope and breadth of forest education across Western Canada
. Congratulations and many thanks to all of the volunteers and
organizers who made this year's ForestEDWest II a resounding success!!
The next ForestEDWest conference will next be
held in British Columbia in 2008, as it moves for the first time
to the West Coast.
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