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2010 Forest Capital of BC- Regional District of Mount Waddington

The ABCFP is pleased to announce that the Regional District of Mount Waddington (northern Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland) is the 2010 Forest Capital of BC. The RDMW includes Woss, Alert Bay, Sointula, Hyde Creek, Port McNeill, Port Hardy, Port Alice, Coal Harbour, Winter Harbour, Quatsino, Holberg and Kingcome Village. The theme of the regional district’s 2010 forest celebrations will be “Our Forests are Rooted in Our Communities.”

The selection committee was very impressed with the high quality of this year’s applications. It was obvious that a tremendous amount of work went into the application packages at every stage and it was difficult to select a winner.

Mount Waddington's application stood out in a couple of areas. The program of events and communication plan were particularly exciting. The whole program is designed around teaching residents and visitors about forestry while having fun, highlighting the close relationship this region has always had with their forests. The 2010 Forest Capital crest has been designed to highlight this important relationship between forests and communities.

Even people who don’t come out to community events will still be touched by the Forest Capital designation, as the organizing committee has arranged for a weekly article about forestry to appear in the local paper.

The selection committee was also impressed by Mount Waddington's volunteer base. The leadership volunteers include a good mix of people who represent the major employers in the regional district, which is an indication of the broad level of support from across the district. The application included dozens of letters of support from community organizations, local First Nations, businesses, municipal and provincial government and even school children. The group's application can be seen on the Forest Capital page of the ABCFP website.


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