Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

September 16, 2011 10:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable Joe Oliver, P.C., M.P., Minister of Natural Resources, on National Forest Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2011) - "Forests are fundamental to our well-being. They play a major role in our economy, culture, traditions and history, and they are essential to our future. Forests and people are interconnected, and every year during the last full week of September, Canadians reflect on the importance of this resource as they celebrate National Forest Week.

"This year's celebrations are all the more important as 2011 was declared International year of the Forests by the United Nations, and we will celebrate our first-ever National Tree Day. These are all wonderful opportunities to recognize the many ways in which forests benefit our everyday lives.

"As a proud leader in sustainable forest management, Canada is happy to take part in this worldwide celebration. Throughout the year, and especially during National Forest Week, I invite you to take a minute of your time to think about the importance of our forests and to enjoy their abundance and their great beauty."

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Contact Information

  • Julie Di Mambro
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa

    Michelle Viau
    Media Relations
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa