Mattawa, ON - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 – The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF-IFC) is inviting all Canadians from coast to coast to celebrate National Forest Week (NFW) from September 20-26, 2020 and National Tree Day on September 23, 2020.
“This nation-wide campaign is celebrated by many organizations and individuals across Canada and is meant to foster appreciation of Canada’s forest heritage and promote awareness of this important renewable resource,” mentioned Mark Pearson, Executive Director, CIF-IFC. “Thisyear is especially significant, as 2020 marks the 100thanniversary of the campaign!”
The 2020 NFW theme is Healthy Forests, Healthy Future, highlightingthat healthy trees make healthy forests, healthy forests make healthy people, and healthy people make healthy communities. Safeguarding the health of Canada’s forests is a critical nature-based solution to mitigate climate change, provide clean air, cleanwater, and valuable habitats.
“Healthy forests benefit us all –this year we’re challenging Canadians to learn more about what health threats our nation’s forests are facing and what we can do to help the forest around us,” explains Pearson.
There are many ways that Canadians can participate in NFW including: following the daily sub-themes on CIF-IFC’s social media channels, organizing a tree plant, exploring a forest near their home, or by learningmoreabout forests and sustainable forest management.
Visit the CIF-IFC website (www.cif-ifc.org/national-forest-week/) to learn about our 2020 sponsors or to download your free NFW promotional materials. Stay connected by usingthe#NationalForestWeek hashtag and share your stories, events,and photos with us at: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or LinkedIn.
Formed in 1908, the CIF-IFC is the national voice of forest practitioners and many others with a professional interest in forestry. The Institute providesnational leadership in forestry, promotescompetencyamong forestry professionals, and fosterspublic awareness of Canadian and international forestry issues.