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Thompson Forest Education
Susan Bondar (Forest Educator)

Thompson Forest Education Fall Student Natural Resource Camp

In October, The Thompson Forest Education Program hosted their 4th Annual "Introduction to Environmental Studies" camp.  The camp was held at McQueen Lake Environmental Education Centre, north of Kamloops and was attended by sixteen Grades 10, 11 and 12 students from Clearwater, Barriere and Kamloops (SD 73) and Armstrong (SD 83). 

Lessons and activities over the three days were taught by instructors from Thompson Rivers University and Selkirk College as well as personnel from BC Timber Sales, Ministry of Forests & Range and Kamloops Search and Rescue.

Students were instructed on the following topics:

  1. Ecology, Silviculture – ecosystems, soil pits, plant & tree identification
  2. Entomology – bark beetles, defoliators and other forest pests
  3. Air Photos & Mapping – reading of maps & air photos, use of stereoscope
  4. Search & Rescue – compassing, search plan & implementation
  5. Range Ecology & Management – Lac du Bois grasslands
  6. Tree Planting – BEC Zones, planting & restoration
  7. Fire Management – hand tools, fire pump operation, skills competition
  8. Aquatics – aquatic ecosystems, use of microscopes
  9. First Nations – edible plants, medicines, culture
  10. Forest Measurements – GPS, tree height, diameter, age & volume

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