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.


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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.


2017 National Forest Week

September 24th to 30th

Theme: Canada’s Forests: Our Stories, Our Future 

Celebrating Canada’s Forests!


Ordering Posters:

Click here to visit the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s (CIF-IFC) website where you will find out more details. 2017 National Forest Week Poster Coming Soon!

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 about how you celebrate forests – find us on Facebook at The Canadian Institute of Forestry and tell us your stories and share your photos!


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. It will be posted on the National Forest Week Calendar on the CIF-IFC website here. Send your event title, date, and a brief description to Natasha Machado at . Make sure to contact the CIF-IFC if you would like more information on events and ideas of any size! 


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