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Congratulations to NFW 2009 Poster Contest Winners!!!

As part of National Forest Week, the ABCFP, along with the BC Forest Safety Council and the Truck Loggers Association, invited children from around the province to draw a picture of what BC forests mean to them. In 2008, about 200 entries were received – this year there were over 1,300 entries!! The purpose of this contest is to get kids, parents and teachers thinking about the forests. Many notes were sent by teachers thanking the organizers for running the contest, as it gave them the opportunity to talk about forests and their role in BC.

The judges had a great time sorting through all the entries and had difficulty selecting winners; however, they managed to pick one winner and two runners up in each of three age categories. You can see the winning entries on the ABCFP website or in the January/February 2010 edition of the  BC Forest Professional magazine.

4-5 year olds
Winner: Jordan Leland (North Vancouver)
Runners Up: Catherine Sastrawidjaya (Vancouver)  & Alexander Stone- (Rossland)  (pictured at right with his certificate) 

6-8 year olds
Winner: Alice Kang of Surrey
Runners Up: Marina VanWoudenberg  (Aldergrove) & Meg Warhurst (Lillooet)

9-12 year olds
Winner: Lisa Ross (Fernie)
Runners Up: Kelly Chan (Vancouver) & Skye Robbins (Prince George)

ExpoFor 2010 Shaping Up to Be a Great Conference in Kelowna
The standing host committee has worked hard to secure exciting and dynamic speakers for ExpoFor 2010 this April in Kelowna. Two confirmed speakers to date are John Allan, RPF, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries, and Brian McNaughton, RPF, General Manager of the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations.

Along with three dynamic plenary sessions, one of which is titled, “Can Tenure Reform Lead to a Healthier Forest Business in BC?", there will also be a public forum on wildfire the evening of April 7, as well as a number of breakout sessions over the two days on applied and strategic forestry topics, such as world markets (Exporting the World to China), Climate Change and Watersheds, First Nations and Forestry and many more…

  • From Silviculture to Morticulture: Managing Course Woody Debris for Biodiversity featuring Nancy Densmore, RPF, Forest Practices Branch and Andre Arsenault, Southern Interior Forest Region
  • Protecting Rural Communities from Wildfire  featuring Mike Dittario, RPF, MFR; Brent Langlois, First Nations’ Emergency Services Society and John Davies, RPF, Valhalla Consulting

The Consulting Foresters of BC will also be holding a regional meeting in conjunction with ExpoFor.

To Register: Due to a smaller venue which allows only 250 participants, plan to register early to avoid disappointment!! Full program details are available on the ExpoFor website. Watch for the registration brochure in the January/February issue of the BC Forest Professional.

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