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West Kootenay Forest Education Highlights
Kevin Nichol (Forest Education Coordinator)

Changes have taken place in West Kootenay Forest education, with forest educator,  Nancie Dohan,  leaving her position to begin a job as a naturalist onboard an ecotourism sailing company on BC's West Coast. Those of us who are part of the forest educator network in the Southern Interior wish her all the best in her new endeavour!!  Nancie's efforts and achievements have been considerable in building the new forest education program in school districts over the past two years and, despite her absence, forest education will continue to play an active role in West Kootenay schools and communities. 

Kevin Nichol (Kalesnikoff Lumber Co.) has overseen the forest education program in the West Kootenay since its inception and has confirmed that regional forest companies are still fully supportive of continuing to promote forest education in this area by providing teacher support and educational resources. Plans are to continue offering field and mill tours, Teacher Professional Days, National Forest Week and career presentations, in addition to forestry van visits at weekend events such as Logging Sports, Fall Fairs,   Salmo Days and Kaslo May Day celebrations.

New for this year are forestry resource kits for K-7, now available for teacher sign-out from West Kootenay School District Resource Centers.  These kits focus on forests, human and natural uses of the forests and forest industry facts and include lesson plans, hands-on manipulatives, games, pictures, books, etc. Another new resource for 2007 is the secondary level MPB teacher binder, "BC's Mountain Pine Beetle, Today and Tomorrow", developed by BC Market Outreach and the Council of Forest Industries (Northern Operations) as a follow-up to the elementary level kit developed in 2005. These kits should be distributed to all high schools in BC in the coming weeks.

For further information on West Kootenay forest education, please contact:
Kevin Nichol (West Kootenay Forest Education Coordinator)
Phone: (250) 399 4248 Email: [email protected]


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