Alberni Valley Participates in National Forest Week

Forestry taught to students at McLean Mill

By Karly Blats
Alberni Valley News
September 29, 2017

More than 300 Grade 4 and 5 students in the Alberni Valley participated in logging demonstrations, stream riparian and fish discussion, wildfire prevention activities and much more under the forestry umbrella at McLean Mill on Sept. 28 for National Forest Week. The event was put on by Port Alberni’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources office in partnership with local environmental organizations and forestry companies. Students learned everything from types of trees, to fish habitats to fighting wildfires and how First Nations use cedar to weave. “The kids are so excited, they’re learning so much,” said Rhonda Morris, district manager, South Island natural resource district. “Hupacasath and Toquaht First Nations are both here today, some of their elders are sharing their crafts with cedar, bark stripping and making jewelry and paddles.

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