National Forest Week

National Forest Week is sponsored across Canada by many individuals and diverse governmental and non-governmental organizations across Canada.


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 is observed on the Wednesday of National Forest Week.


2015 National Forest Week

September 20th to 26th

Theme: Wildland Fire

You can make a difference!

Wildland fire is a powerful natural force.

Fire has shaped Canada’s forests, prairies and parklands for countless generations, and brings healthy renewal to diverse ecosystems. But some fires can have a devastating impact on public safety and property.

Use FireSmart principles to help protect your family and property from wildfire damage:  play a role in control.


Ordering Posters:

Click here to view the poster in high definition!

We will be offering posters in two difference sizes, free of charge! The poster is available in a large size (24×36) and a smaller size (11×17) – both bilingual tumble format. There is also a promotional postcard available in either English or French. If you would like to receive a shipment with any or all of these items, please place your order by contacting Ryan Munroe at by July 24, 2015. Please indicate how many posters of each size you would like, and we will ship them to you at no cost.

How to Participate in National Forest Week 

– arrange a tree planting:
– take a walk in woods nearby and get to know your forest
– care for a newly planted or neglected tree, and study its species
– 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
– contact a provincial forestry association for teaching materials.

Remember, we want to hear how you celebrate forests – find us on Facebook at The Canadian Institute of Forestry and tell us your stories!

Register Your National Forest Week Event

We invite you to celebrate National Forest week in your neck of the woods. Let us know what you’re doing by submitting your event. We will post it on our Forest Week Calendar. Send your event title, date, and a brief description to Ryan Munroe at

Or contact us at the email below if you would like more information on events and ideas of any size –