Thompson Forest Education Highlights
Susan Bondar (Forest Educator)
100 Mile House Outdoor Workshops
The Thompson Region celebrated National Forest Week with several activities. One event saw the Thompson forest educator acting as a guest speaker to Grade 4 and 5 students from School District 27 (Cariboo), who attended a day of outdoor workshops at the Demonstration Forest, just south of 100 Mile House. At one of the stations, they learned about the Mountain Pine Beetle that has impacted their area from Susan Bondar, Thompson Forest Educator.
Shadow Day for High School Students
On BC highways, we often see logging trucks travelling along the road, and some may wonder where the logs are going and where they have come from. Such was the experience for some high school students who had requested a shadow tour with forestry personnel for a day. Participants travelled to Lodge Pole Lake to learn about such topics as forest assessments, harvesting and forest health and then visited Tolko's Heffley operations for a tour of the log sort yard and plywood plant.
Raft River Salmon Enhancement Site
The Interior Logging Association's Forest Education Van was used as a teaching station at the Raft River Salmon Enhancement Site for students of the North Thompson Valley. High school leadership students assisted with the tours of the van by elementary students.
McQueen Lake Environmental Education Camp
The 3rd Annual "Introduction to Forestry and Environmental Studies" camp was held at the School District #73 McQueen Lake Environmental Education Centre for secondary students from the region. One of the more popular activities held over the three days was Fire Management, where the students tested their hose handling techniques through a mini target practice competition.
Grasslands Tour- Lac du Bois
Federation of BC Woodlot Associations AGM
Driving along the highway that traverses the city of Kamloops, you glance up at the golden grassland hills. The Federation of BC Woodlot Associations offered a tour of the Lac du Bois grasslands as part of their AGM in October, 2008, where delegates learned about the diverse ecosystems of that area.
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