Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia

January 20, 2005 11:30 ET

Oxford Regional High School awarded Youth Initiative Award

Attention: Education Editor, Media Editor, News Editor HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 20, 2005) - Students at Oxford Regional High School are this year's winner of the Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia Youth Initiative Award, the association announced at its 71st Annual General Meeting today in Halifax at the Casino Hotel.

The Honourable Ernie Fage, Minister of Economic Development and MLA for Cumberland North presented the award, which recognizes an individual or group that exhibits a commitment to enhancing the sustainability of Nova Scotia's forest resource. The school received the award for their Northumberland Trail Education Initiative.

The project is located on private property adjacent to the High School and is comprised of 60 acres of diverse lands. There is an area of wetland, abandoned farmland, as well as a mixture of tree species both hardwoods and softwoods. By utilizing these lands there is a great potential for both student and public education. As well there are many different ecosystems present and include: mature forest, open areas, riparian areas, wildlife habitats and wetlands. The trail is being used, as an educational tool not only for students both at the Elementary School and the High School but also to the general public.

Oxford Regional High School grade 12 student Christie McLeland, accepted the award on behalf of the project. " The project has many objectives which we would like to achieve," she said. " However, the main objective is to increase the awareness of the forest ecological processes with students as well as the public."

School Principal David McClelland observed, " this project has been very rewarding as students from all grade levels (P-12) enjoy the trail and the educational programs associated with it. We are a very fortunate school to have this project adjacent to our property and we wish to thank all partners who made this continuing initiative a reality."

The project has many partners including Oxford Regional High School, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resource - Education Center, Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour, Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps, Tree Canada Foundation, Town of Oxford, Student Advisory Council, Chignecto Central School Board and various private landowners.

/For further information: Stephen McIntosh, Communications Director, Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia, (902) 895-1190 or during the meeting via cell phone: (902) 890-0463, Email:; David McClelland, Principal, Oxford Regional High School, (902) 447-4500 / IN: EDUCATION, FORESTRY, MEDIA, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Stephen McIntosh, Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 902-895-1190