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Cariboo Highlights
Gail Wallin/Maureen LeBourdais (Forest Educators)

The Interior Lumber Association's Forest Education Van recently came north to the Cariboo for the 2006 "Women of Resource Communities" conference, held this year at the Hills Health Resort at 108 Mile House, April 5 - 7. Forest Education Coordinators Maureen LeBourdais and Gail Wallin took advantage of the van being in the area to coordinate a tour of rural elementary schools in the South Cariboo.

Students from Peter Skene Ogden Secondary and industry volunteers from West Fraser assist in the Cariboo with the forest ed van

With the assistance and expertise of local volunteer foresters, students from Lac la Hache, Buffalo Creek, Bridge Lake, and the Eliza Archie Memorial School (Canim Lake

Indian Band) learned about the history of the forest industry in our province. T opics covered included the history of logging and current logging practices, human and natural use of the forest, forest health, reforestation, wood products, and tree identification.

On April 11, the presenters were joined by three students form Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School in 100 Mile House. These Grade 12 students are enrolled in a forestry program there, and enjoyed the opportunity to get out of the classroom and share their interest in forest management with the younger students.

In a typical Cariboo week during "breakup," the weather ranged from shorts and sandals temperatures one day, to snow on the next, but the weather did not dampen students' enthusiasm for the traveling classroom!


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