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Toni Appleby (Forest Educator)

West Kootenay forest educator, Toni Appleby, has been putting her experience as a wildlife technician and tracker to good use in her work with students and community groups. She has taken groups on field trips to the summit of the Salmo-Creston Highway, where she has conducted tours of various silviculture systems and discussed responsible harvesting in Caribou habitat. She has also educated schools and groups on topics such as MPB, tree ID, active logging sites in alpine zones and predator/prey relationships and has hosted mill tours and presentations on the history of logging, sustainability and practical harvesting.

Andrea Vienneau (Atco Wood Products) and Josh Craig (ILA Summer Student) prepare for the day's presentations at Fruitvale Elementary.

In May, the Interior Logging Association's forest education van travelled to the West Kootenay on the Victoria Day weekend for Kaslo May Days. It also toured a number of elementary schools in the Trail/Castlegar area for the remainder of the week, led by the ILA's forestry summer student, Josh Craig and assisted by volunteer forest professionals Ron Ozanne and Andrea Vienneau from Atco Wood Products, Mike Klassen from the Arrow Forest District Office and forest professional, Ami Haworth. Many thanks to the volunteer professionals for offering their time to help make the forest education van tour to the West Kootenay a success!!



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