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East Kootenay Forest Education Highlights

Jim Jenkinson (Zone Forest Educator)


Duke Armleder
Tembec Forest
Resource Management

Teachers from School Districts 5 (Southeast Kootenay) and School District 6 (Rocky Mountain), representing the communities of  Sparwood, Cranbrook, Kimberley and Invermere, attended a Regional Specialist Association professional development session in Cranbrook on April 25th,  entitled "Forestry... much more than Trees: Forestry Curriculum in the Classroom".

Leading off the day, RPF Duke Armleder (Tembec Forest Resource Management, Cranbrook) presented his power point presentation, "Forestry in the East Kootenay: A Holistic Community Approach".  Participants were shown photos to demonstrate how forestry management plans include ecological, social and economic considerations and discussed carbon cycling, global warming, and advancements in harvesting technology and equipment.  

The Pro-D continued throughout the afternoon with an outdoor "walk-talk" at South Star Recreation Trails in Cranbrook where the teachers participated in many hands-on activities related to sustainable forest management, forest ecology and forest measurements. Bob Couperus with the Ministry of Forests and Range, along with John Brace, Shaun Thompson, and Nick McRae with Tembec, showed teachers how to take forest measurements, plant trees, identify beetle galleries, and use GPS technology. Participants learned how forest stewardship plans are guided by social values, as well as ecological and economic goals. Each teacher was given a bag full of forestry- related teaching resources to take back to their schools to enhance student learning opportunities.

Special thanks to Tembec and the Ministry of Forests and Range for making it possible for forestry professionals to spend the day with the teachers. The feedback was very positive.

Jim Jenkinson, East Kootenay Forest Education Coordinator was invited to the Canfor-Radium Public Advisory Group (PAG) meeting on May 6. The PAG met in Kootenay National Park at the Redstreak Slopes Restoration Area, adjacent to the community of Radium Hot Springs. The Canfor PAG is comprised of representatives from government, Parks Canada, environmental organizations, woodlot operators, recreation groups, guide outfitters, ranchers, businesses and area residents.

Darren Tamlin, Canfor Woodlands Operations Superintendent and Vivian Jablanczy, Canfor Planning Forester, provided the PAG with an overview of the Radium Sustainable Forest Management Plan (SFMP) Annual Performance Report and answered questions.

Jim updated the PAG on his role as a forest educator, as well as teacher Pro-D events, and showed the PAG members a few of the forestry resources that have been distributed to teachers in School Districts 5 (East Kootenay) and School District 6 (Rocky Mountain). The multi-media resources support the delivery of forestry curriculum for all grades in our schools.

Youth Trades Event Comes to CRANBROOK
With a high demand for skilled trades in the forestry industry, the Industrial Training Authority (ITA) recently provided funding for a YES 2 IT trades event in the East Kootenay through the Resource Training Organization (RTO). YES 2 IT (Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training) is an awareness program for students.

East Kootenay Forest Education Coordinator, Jim Jenkinson was a member of the organizing committee that included representatives from Tembec, COTR, Elk Valley Coal, the RTO, plus School Districts 5 & 6.

On June 10, forty-two grade 8 & 9 students and their parents/guardians from Cranbrook and Kimberley  rotated through a variety of hands-on trade experiences. The sessions started with a tour of the Tembec Plant in Cranbrook before moving on to the two Cranbrook campuses of College of the Rockies (COTR). Participants worked there with professionals from the carpentry, welding, electrical, and heavy duty mechanical trades, giving them an opportunity to explore why they should consider a trades career. Several apprentices were  in attendance to talk about how the students could pursue trade careers while they attended school.

  1. For more information about trades programs, check out the youth section of www.itabc.ca
  2. To read the full media release on Cranbrook's "Yes 2 It" event, see "Expanding Our Roots" in the Newsletter Index.

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