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School District #91 (Nechako Lakes)

Ministry of Forests Fire Base Initial Attack crew member demonstrates digging fire line with students at the Fire Protection station.
From May 14th to 17th, the Lakes District Secondary School Career Programs Centre hosted the seventh annual Project Forest Management.  Nineteen students from Babine Elementary Secondary, Fort St. James Secondary, Fraser Lake Elementary Secondary, Lakes District Secondary and Nechako Valley Secondary schools experienced two days of hands‑on instruction in GPS, timber cruising, brush saws, ecology, tree planting and fire protection.  The students also had classroom instruction covering wilderness survival, workers’ rights and responsibilities, bear awareness as well as post‑secondary education in forestry before taking the Babine/Auger Forestry Circle Tour with Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd. CEO Alistair Schroff.

Ministry of Forests Fire Base Initial Attack crew member explains the portable pump to students at the creek location.
With the forestry sector being the number one employer in Northern BC, this project was organized for students that are considering careers in forestry.  Hundreds of workers plan the logging to maximize production and minimize the ecological impact; control the diseases and fires that threaten healthy forests; and replant and reclaim the logged areas to ensure forests for the future.

We would like to thank everyone who assisted in making this project such a success:  Babine Forest Products, Burns Lake Ambulance, Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd., Burns Lake Fire Base, Cheslatta Carrier Nation, College of New Caledonia (Lakes District and Prince George campus), Council of Forest Industries, Free Growing Forestry, Lakes District Stationery and Gifts, Lakewood Forest Ltd., Ministry of Forests, Panhandle Restaurant, Redfern’s Coffee House, School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes), Tree to Tree Contracting and the Workers’ Compensation Board of BC.

Jamie Burns, a science teacher from Fort Nelson Secondary, also joined us for two days.  His school district is planning to start their own Project Forest Management.

For more information please contact our Career Programs Centre at (250) 692-7347 or at [email protected] or [email protected]

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