Okanagan-Columbia Forest Education Highlights
Jennifer Stewart, Kalon Nahachewsky- Okanagan/Columbia Forest Educators
Debbie Bazett- Forest Education Coordinator, COFI - Southern Operations
New Mountain Pine Beetle Display Opens in Kelowna:
"The Forest Story: The Trees, the Beetles and You"
Location: Environmental Education Centre, Mission Creek Park, Kelowna
Duration: May- August
Open daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Thursdays to 8 p.m.
The Central Okanagan Regional District's EECO Center creates ongoing public displays on nature and the environment. The latest exhibit, "The Forest Story: The Trees, the Beetles and You", portrays the stages of a pine tree attacked by pine beetles, from green to red to the final gray. "We want people to understand what's happening in the natural world around us, particularly children", states the display's creator, David Cullaton.
A diorama with live, indigenous plants and trees depicts the succession that occurs when forests die as a result of beetle infestation or wildfire, showing how invasive alien species can make an appearance, along with native survivors, such as fireweed. Replanting with native tree species appropriate to the location, rather than non- native species which require large quantities of water, is recommended for those who have lost trees as a result of pine beetle infestation.
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