Past News Items/Nouvelles anciens


This year’s international Envirothon competition was held at the Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana August 4-9th. The students were tested on their knowledge of soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry, and this year’s challenging fifth issue “Sustainable rangeland management”. Congratulations to New York for their 1st place finish!

Canada had a great turnout in the top ten, with the Ontario team once again placing in the ranks at 6th place.
Manitoba had a wonderful 14th place finish.

Team Ontario grinning as they display their 6th place finish plaque

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A talented group of young Canadian students from F.J. McElligott Secondary School in Mattawa, Ontario have just received a $5,000 award prize from the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative to be given to their charity of choice – Forests without Borders! The girls competed against some very stiff competition, including groups advocating for the local women’s shelter and foodbank.  They did a fantastic job describing the many ways in which trees really are an invaluable resource to many on our planet – providing shelter, food, medicine, shade, community, and more.

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative is a one-of-a-kind experience that engages young people in social change and empowers them to participate in the growing of compassionate communities. To learn more about the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, click here.

Forests without Borders is a registered Canadian charity established by members of the Canadian Institute of Forestry. Forest without Borders works independently or with existing non-government organizations to deliver the skills, knowledge and tools that enable poverty stricken communities around the world meet their challenges and to realize the many benefits obtained from the forest. To learn more about Forests without Borders, click here.

The girls also put together a little song to express and share their love of trees – check it out!


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As the commonwealth celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee year, we here at the CFA would like to remind you that Canadians who have made significant contributions to our country, provinces, territories, and communities have been honoured this month. Medal ceremonies will end tomorrow, February 28, 2013.

The CFA was proud to be part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2003 and, in fact, was in charge of issuing 20 of the Golden Jubilee medals to outstanding Canadian citizens who exhibited exemplary work and support for forest-based stewardship.

Click here to learn more about the award recipients in 2003.

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On May 11, 2013 at 2pm, the Town of Whitecourt and Woodlands County were honoured with the Forest Capital of Canada designation. A special ceremony was held in conjunction with the annual Whitecourt Tade Show.

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. Click here for a historical look at the special designation.

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