Gail Wallin/Maureen LeBourdais
The Interior Lumber Association's Forest Education
Van recently came north to the Cariboo for the 2006 "Women of
Resource Communities" conference,
held this year at the Hills Health Resort at 108 Mile House, April
5 - 7. Forest Education Coordinators Maureen LeBourdais and Gail
Wallin took advantage of the van being in the area to coordinate
a tour of rural elementary schools in the South Cariboo.
Students from Peter Skene
Ogden Secondary and industry volunteers from West Fraser
assist in the Cariboo with the forest ed van
With the assistance and expertise of local volunteer
foresters, students from Lac la Hache, Buffalo Creek, Bridge
Lake, and the Eliza Archie Memorial School (Canim Lake
Band) learned about the history of the forest industry in our province.
T opics covered included the history of logging and current logging
practices, human and natural use of the forest, forest health,
reforestation, wood products, and tree identification.
April 11, the presenters were joined by three students form Peter
Skene Ogden Secondary School in 100 Mile House. These Grade 12
students are enrolled in a forestry program there, and enjoyed
the opportunity to get out of the classroom and share their interest
in forest management with the younger students.
In a typical Cariboo week during "breakup," the
weather ranged from shorts and sandals temperatures one day,
to snow on the next, but the weather did not dampen students'
enthusiasm for the traveling classroom!
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