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Letter from the Publisher

This is the 4th edition of the Learn Forestry News. The first edition was a team effort involving Deb Bazett (COFI), Jennifer Stewart (Tolko) and myself (Okanagan-Columbia Forest Education/Learn Forestry). Jen and I eventually put the first publication together but since that time, Deb Bazett has taken on the workload of contacting everyone and formatting their submissions. I still help with the editing, but the brunt of the work is done by Deb B. This is a large undertaking, for which I greatly appreciate her time and efforts.

Our newsletter has grown to include articles and information from a variety of sources throughout BC and, at times, other parts of Canada and the USA. It is wonderful to hear about the exciting forestry-related activities that are taking place through the efforts of so many keen educators.

Southern Interior forest educators at Jan. 2006 ForestEDWest II in Banff

Speaking of "keen forestry educators", a number of them have been meeting biannually at the ForestEdWest conference. The last two conferences took place in Banff and were planned by Steve McIsaac (Inside Education), Alex Drummond (University of Alberta) and their wonderful crew of volunteers who worked hard to unite forest education across western Canada .

In January 2008, the 3rd conference is coming to BC. I am co-chairing the event along with Sandy McKellar (Wood Manufacturing Council). With the help of Steve and Alex, as well as some of our closest friends and colleagues, we will endeavour to match the "style, class and enthusiasm" of the first two conferences. Please check out www.forestedwest.ca for future details. We will be looking for sponsorship and guest speakers, so if you feel so inclined, please contact me.

I hope you enjoy our latest newsletter and a special thank-you to the contributors. Without you, we would have much less to share!

Debbie Sluggett
Okanagan-Columbia Forest Educational Liaison
Learn Forestry Website


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