Sept. 23, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being encouraged to acknowledge the forest traditions in the province during National Forest Week, Sept. 21-28.
"New Brunswick's forests provide a wide variety of benefits to our province," said Natural Resources Minister Donald Arseneault. "We have a talented and innovative forestry workforce, as well as people providing valuable services and goods to support the forest industry."
National Forest Week challenges Canadians to learn more about their forest heritage and support greater recognition of this valuable resource.
"New Brunswick has a good balance between private and public land to supply the forestry sector," said Arseneault. "We are committed to the environment; and we are proud that our public lands are managed for a variety of reasons, including forestry. I continue to be optimistic about the future, and I'm confident that by drawing on our strengths, we will be able to overcome the challenges we face today."
Originally called Forest Fire Prevention Week, National Forest Week was first celebrated almost 90 years ago. In earlier years, the greatest threat to the forest came from forest fires, due mainly to human causes.
Since then, National Forest Week, as it was renamed in 1967, has evolved to include a variety of human and environmental aspects of Canada's forest resources.
More information on National Forest Week may be found online at http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/subsite/nfw.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Natural Resources, 506-453-2614.