National Forest Week posterIt’s National Forest Week, September 20-26, 2015 (and National Tree Day on Wednesday,  September 23, 2015) — a chance to celebrate, acknowledge and raise awareness about the significant role forests play in the lives of all Canadians.

What is National Forest Week?

With the goal of increasing public awareness about Canada’s forests, National Forest Week has its early roots in Forest Fire Prevention Week of the 1920’s. At that time, human caused forest fires posed the greatest threat to Canada’s forests. Renamed in 1967, National Forest Week has evolved to encompass the many social, environmental, cultural and economic aspects of Canada’s valuable renewable forest resource—past, present and future.

Throughout the week, businesses, associations, governments and organizations promote special events and activities across the country, but the focus of National Forest Week is still to challenge individual Canadians to learn more about their forest heritage and foster a greater recognition for Canada’s valuable forest resource.

This Year’s Theme is Wildland Fire: You Can Make a Difference!

Each year, National Forest Week focuses on a particular theme that highlights an important aspect of Canada’s forest resource. This year’s timely theme is reminiscent of the early origins of National Forest Week and reminds us that wildland fire is a powerful natural force.

It’s true, fire has shaped Canada’s forests, prairies and parklands for countless generations, and brings healthy renewal to diverse ecosystems; however, as many communities are all too aware, some fires can have a devastating impact on public safety and property.

Looking for ways to get involved?

Submit an entry! The ABCFP National Forest Week Contests include an art contest for kids and a photo contest for ABCFP members.

Submit your best forest selfie for a chance to win the UBC Forest Selfie Contest.

Download a Wildland Fire: You Can Make a Difference poster. Tweet it, post it, pin it, tape it to the office wall, hang it on the fridge, mail it to your grandmother!

Looking for resources to promote you’re own National Forest Week event?

Find out how to register your event on the Canadian Forestry Association website

Download the “Fun in the Forest with Splinter” Colouring Book

Check out the National Forest Week Starter Kit designed to inspire and assist event organizers