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Letter from the Publisher
Debbie Bazett
Forest Educator, Council of Forest Industries (Southern Operations)

Debbie Bazett Forest Educator, Council of Forest Industries (Southern Operations)In April, annual Environmental Mind Grind competitions celebrated Earth Day 2010, bringing elementary, middle and high school teams together to compete Kelowna and several other BC communities as they demonstrated their understanding about environmental topics such as water, waste, species and spaces, energy and forests.  Winning teams went on to compete in the BC Championships in May.

The Interior Logging Association's forest education van visited a number of community events throughout the spring, assisted by COFI South Forest Education. The forest education van always attracts public attention with its colourful murals and informative displays inside and out. It is a wonderful way to promote discussion with visitors and to educate about our forests and the importance of BC's forest industry!!

BC Wood WORKS! annual student Wood Design Competition at UBC- Vancouver saw five post-secondary teams build wooden siege engines and compete to determine winners in precision, performance and longest shot, in addition to defending their designs to the judging panel.

In Cranbrook, the third annual "Yes 2 IT" Trades Event brought nearly one hundred Gr. 9 students from schools around the East Kootenay to College of the Rockies trade shops to increase awareness of opportunities available in skilled trades such as Electrical, Welding, Carpentry and Heavy Duty/ Auto Service Mechanics.

Congratulations to the Evans Lake Forest Education Society on its 50th Anniversary celebration taking place at the end of June!! Organizers hope to see many former campers, counsellors and others involved in the success of this facility over past years attend the anniversary event.

Forest Capital of BCForest Capital of BC 2010 community events continue this year in the Regional District of Mount Waddington on Vancouver Island with student orienteering field days offered in March and seedlings distributed to commemorate Earth Day in April.

Events are also underway in the Cariboo-Chilcotin to celebrate their Forest Capital of Canada designation, following a successful debut event at the Cariboo's BC Street pavilion during the 2010 Winter Olympics.   

To read more about these and other forest-related events taking place around the province, please see the Index listing for individual articles.  Many thanks to our contributors!!

Have a great summer!!

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