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COFI North Forest Education
Chris Lear (Forest Education Manager)

New Climate Change Resources Now in BC Schools

In September, Minister of Forests & Range, Pat Bell and COFI Forest Education Manager, Chris Lear were joined by some 75 grade 5, 6 and 7 students and their teachers at Harwin Elementary School in Prince George to announce the release of two new teaching resources on climate change and BC’s forests. 

Climate Change and our ForestsThe two resource kits, "Climate Change and our Forests" for elementary teachers and "Climate Change- Our Forests, Our Future" for secondary students were developed by COFI in partnership with Forest Innovation Investment.  The kits provide teachers with new tools to help students learn about the impact of climate change on our environment and how our forests and its wood products are vital to mitigating those effects.  Each resource kit includes lesson plans, narrated PowerPoint, teacher background information and exciting activities where students can calculate the carbon footprint of their school and home, discuss the benefits of building with wood, design their own climate change machine and learn how they can personally take action to tackle climate change.

The new teaching resources have been distributed to all schools throughout BC.  Previously, COFI and FII partnered on three other teaching resource kits currently in use in BC schools: British Columbia’s Mountain Pine Beetle (Intermediate Resource), B.C.’s Mountain Pine Beetle – Today and Tomorrow (Secondary Resource), and B.C. Forest Products for the World (Secondary Resource).

International Students Learn About Forestry Careers

International students from Norway, Finland and Brazil joined 40 other high school students from Houston Secondary, Smithers Secondary and Hazelton Secondary schools to learn more about forestry careers at COFI north’s annual Natural Resource Management Career Awareness Program in the Bulkley Valley October 8-9th.  The three students, who are on year-long exchanges at Houston Secondary School,  were keen to participate in the program which included workshops in silviculture, harvesting, fish management, fire protection, archaeology, first nation’s traditional land use, timber cruising and finished with a team skills challenge.

L-R Ingeborg Reggestad (Norway), Federico de Barros (Brazil) and Sanni Viitanen (Finland) during the silviculture workshop.

This past fall, over one hundred high school students and their teachers from North Peace, South Peace, Nechako/Lakes, Bulkley Valley and Coast Mountain school districts participated in three regional NRM Career Awareness programs. 

Greg Stewart, Operations Superintendent for West Fraser HFP, shows students how a feller buncher operates.

For more information, please contact Chris Lear, Forest Education Manager,  by phone at: (250) 564-5136 or by email at [email protected].

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