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On Thursday, May 29, 2014 the second edition of Forestry Day took place at Joy Bible Camp near Bancroft. Forestry Day was first offered in the spring of 2012 and was seen as a great success.
237 grade 7 and 8 students from schools from as far away as the southern part of Hastings County took part in this great event where the local forest industry invites students to take part in a field day to learn how forest management and sustainable harvest methods are performed in Ontario, particularly in Hastings County. The many activities give the students an appreciation for the science and diversity of forest ecosystems and wildlife and the efforts by the forest industry to extract resources while protecting and sustaining these systems. There are many examples of local forest products on display to give the students a heightened awareness of their use of forest products in everyday life. This day is meant to encourage an interest in Ontario Forests and forest management and to introduce students to the opportunity to learn more about forestry in the comprehensive Outdoor Study programs offered at North Hastings High School.
Community Futures is a proud supporter of this important forestry industry initiative and was pleased to contribute $2500.00 towards this year’s event under its mandate to be a lead or partner in community economic development efforts.
Partners in the initiative included: Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association, Joy Bible Camp, Peter D. Cybulski Sales Inc., Forests Ontario, Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin, Bancroft Minden Forest Company, Freymond’s Lumber, Trillium Foundation.