Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

September 23, 2007 13:00 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Minister Lunn Invites Canadians to Celebrate National Forest Week 2007

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2007) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, today encouraged Canadians to celebrate National Forest Week 2007.

National Forest Week is September 23 to 29. It is an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the natural beauty of our forests, the biodiversity they contain and the economic, social and environmental benefits they provide.

"Today, more than 300 communities rely on the forest sector for their economic and social well-being," said Minister Lunn. "National Forest Week offers a good opportunity for all Canadians to appreciate the beauty and the importance of our great forests."

The forest sector contributes $36 billion to Canada's economy and directly employs 323,000 Canadians. Indirectly, an additional 498,000 Canadians can thank forests for their jobs.

National Forest Week originated in Forest Fire Prevention Week, which was established in 1926, and is observed in the last week of September. Renamed in 1967, it now encompasses the many different human and environmental aspects of Canada's forest resources. The theme of this year's celebrations - Canada's Forests: Tradition and Transition - focuses on community sustainability.

Canada's New Government actively supports forest-dependent communities through a number of efforts, including the Forest Communities Program, the First Nations Forestry Program and the Forest Industry Long-Term Competitiveness Initiative. In these ways and others, the Government helps create stronger, healthier and more stable communities.

Additional information on National Forest Week is available on the NRCan Web site at http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/subsite/nfw.

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Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn today encouraged all Canadians to celebrate National Forest Week, which falls this year from September 23-29. The forest sector contributes $36 billion to Canada's economy and employs almost 800,000 Canadians.

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

Contact Information

  • Media may contact:
    Louise Girouard, Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    613-996-2007
    or
    General public may contact:
    Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30 EDT
    613-995-0947
    TTY: 613-996-4397 (teletype for the hearing-impaired)
    questions@nrcan.gc.ca