It’s National Forest Week, September 22nd to 28th, 2013 — a chance to celebrate, acknowledge and raise awareness about the significant roll forests play in the lives of all Canadians.

What is National Forest Week?

With a goal of increasing public awareness about Canada’s forests, National Forest Week finds 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, individuals, governments and organizations promote special events and activities across the country, but the focus of National Forest Week is 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: The Greenest Workforce

National Forest Week’s 2013 theme highlights the Greenest Workforce — a resource initiative of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) that provides information about the dynamic direction of Canada’s forest products industry and offers training and career opportunities to attract and inspire workers across the country.

To learn more about the Greenest Workforce visit their website or check out their Facebook page for an exciting contest announcement coming September 16, 2013.

How will you celebrate?

If you have an event planned for National Forest Week let the Canadian Forestry Association know about it and they’ll add it to their calendar of National Forest Week events.

If you’re on Vancouver Island, why not visit the BC Forest Discovery Museum in Duncan — a great source of information, artifacts and knowledge highlighting the important contributions forests make to the history, culture and economy of British Columbia.

A penchant for the arts? You’re in luck, the Association of BC Forest Professionals is kicking of their contest season during National Forest Week with their annual art contest for kids, an essay contest for teens and a photo contest for their members. Learn more about the contests on the ABCFP website.

Spread the word!

Download the National Forest Week poster from the Canadian Forestry Association’s website and pass it on: tweet it, post it, pin it, tape it to the office wall, hang it on the fridge, mail it to your grandma. It’s a celebration!