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City of Fort St. John - 2009 Forest Capital

The City of Fort St John was chosen as the 2009 Forest Capital of British Columbia by the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP). This award recognizes and celebrates the valuable role our forests play in the economic and environmental health of BC communities.

Throughout 2009, the City of Fort St. John was the scene of year-round activities to celebrate its role as the BC Forest Capital.  Events such as the opening ceremonies, spring tree seedling distribution, forestry-themed Family Fun in the Sun week, Arbour Day & Forest Capital BBQ were planned to provide a wide variety of seasonal events. 

As the most important centre for enterprise in the northeast region of British Columbia, Fort St. John caters to the forestry sector. The forestry industry alone directly employs more than 700 people in this town of 18,000 and contributes over $98 million per year to the local economy.

Surrounded by a 4.5 million hectare forest, Fort St. John has embraced its responsibility as a guardian of the forest sector by developing the Fish Creek Community Forest and reforestation initiatives that have resulted in more than 50 million trees being planted in the last 20 years.

Recently, the Forest Capital Committee was pleased to unveil newly-designed signs for the Fish Creek Community Forest to be installed in spring 2010 as a legacy project to commemorate Fort St. John as the 2009 Forest Capital of BC.

The City of Fort St. John would also like to congratulate the Regional District of Mount Waddington on becoming the 2010 Forest Capital of BC.

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