We are pleased to announce the “Forest Capital of Canada” designation for 2015 has been awarded to The Town Hearst – Constance Lake First Nations – Mattice-Val Côte. This much respected annual recognition is jointly determined by the Canadian Forestry Association and the Canadian Institute of Forestry. Click here to view the ‘Forest Capital of Canada’ media release in both English and French.
The tradition of naming a Forest Capital of Canada began in the 1970s as a special designation to celebrate and honour a community or region for its connectivity to the forest.
The program is intended to spotlight the valuable role forests play in the socioeconomic and environmental health of our communities – past, present, and future. The Constance Lake First Nations, town of Hearst and municipality of Mattice-Val Côte were selected for this special recognition due to their strong forest history and cultural legacy, their continued dedication to sustainable forest management, and their collaborative efforts with all forest stakeholders. They will hold this designation until 2017.
2015 Forest Capital of Canada Award Ceremony – May 7, 2015 in Hearst
The Canadian Forestry Association (CFA) and the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF/IFC) presented the community of Constance Lake First Nation, the Town of Hearst and the Municipality of Mattice-Val Côté with the “Forest Capital of Canada” award for 2015 and 2016 in a well-attended designation ceremony on Thursday, May 7, coinciding with the Hearst Legion Springfest.
Click here to read the media release in both English and French!