Forests front and centre

National Forest Week began at the Forest Centre in Prince Albert on Monday. The educational week aims to help residents understand and appreciate the province’s forests. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

Forestry and conservation were front and centre on Monday as the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) and Ministry of Environment kicked off National Forest Week on Monday.

The annual celebration of Canada’s woodlands launched at the Prince Albert Forest Centre with a kick-off barbeque and open house.

Organizers say northern Saskatchewan’s forests are a precious commodity the country is lucky to have. Ideally, National Forest Week will help residents learn about and embrace them.

“There are multiple users of the forest, traditionally, culturally and economically,” said April Lesko, the CIF’s Saskatchewan chair. “It’s a balancing of the environmental, social and economical parts of forestry, and trying to make sure that everybody has what they need out of it.”

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