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National Forest Week


During National Forest Week, Canadians are invited to learn more about Canada's
Forest heritage and to raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource.
Forests are fundamental to our economy, culture, traditions and history - and to our future.
Communities, families and individuals depend on forests for their livelihood and way of life.


Established circa 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, the intention was to encourage greater public awareness towards Canada's forests. At the time, there was no apparent shortage of trees for industrial expansion - the greatest threat came from forest fires, due mainly to human causes. Since then National Forest Week, as it was renamed in 1967, has evolved to encompass the many and varied human and environmental aspects of Canada's forest resources - past, present and future. Although special activities are promoted across Canada, National Forest Week remains first and foremost a challenge to individual Canadians to learn more about their forest heritage and support greater recognition of this valuable resource. National Forest Week is observed annually during the last full week of September, Sunday through Saturday.

National Tree Day

On March 2, 2011 a private members motion received consent from the House of Commons to declare the Wednesday of National Forest Week as National Tree Day. National Tree day is an opportunity for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us - clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.

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2017 National Forest Week

September 24 - 30, 2017
Theme: Celebrating Canada's Forests - Our Stories, Our Future

  • Celebrate the role of forests and forest management during Canada's 150th Anniversary.
  • Long recognized as a world leader in resource innovation, Canada's forest sector is stronger, more diverse and more high-tech than ever.
  • Creating renewable wood-based products, material and energy, we are helping to fight climate change while bringing new growth to an economy deeply rooted in healthy, sustainable forests.

National Tree Day: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Celebrate National Forest Week!

We invite you to celebrate National Forest Week in your neck of the woods and to let us know what you're doing by submitting your event to be listed in the Calendar of Events.

How to Participate

  • Have your municipality officially recognize National Tree Day.
  • Host or participate in a National Forest Week activity or event.
  • Arrange a tree planting.
  • Take a walk in woods and get to know your forest.
  • Care for a newly planted or neglected tree.
  • Identify all the things at home or school that are made of wood.
  • Learn about organizations that demonstrate sustainable forest management.
  • Tour a forest sector industry or processing site.
  • Learn about the prevention of forest fires.

For more information on National Forest Week, event ideas, or to submit an event for listing, please contact:

Public Relations Specialist

2017 Calendar of Events

The following are National Forest Week activities occurring across the province.  For further information on any listed event, please contact the hosting organization directly.

Event Title: Date: Location: Hosted By: For More Information:
National Forest Week Poster Contest Contest Opens: September 24, 2017
Contest Closes: October 13, 2017
Province wide Fisheries and Land Resources Public Relations Specialist

Concours d'affiche de la Semaine nationale de l'arbre et des fôrets

Ouverture du concours: le 24 septembre 2017 Fermeture du concours: le 13 octobre 2017 Toute la province PĂȘches et Ressources foncières Spécialiste des relations publiques
Explore Forestry Day  PDF (664 KB) Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Margaret Bowater Park, Corner Brook Fisheries and Land Resources

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd.

Resource Innovations Inc.

Canadian Institute of Forestry - NL Chapter

Forestry Safety Association of NL

Canadian Forest Service
Michelle St. George Hamlyn
Corner Brook National Tree Day Ceremony Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Margaret Bowater Park, Corner Brook Fisheries and Land Resources Public Relations Specialist
St. John's National Tree Day Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Bowring Park Bungalow, St. John's Newfoundland Power

Wildland Associates Ltd.

Tree Canada

McInnes Cooper

Fisheries and Land Resources

Bowring Park

Clean St. John's
Kelly Maguire
Communications & Public Relations Officer  
National Forest Week Charity Golf Classic Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 12:00 Noon
Blomidon Golf Club, Corner Brook Canadian Institute of Forestry

Registered Professional Foresters of NL
CIF-NL Section

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