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National Forest Week


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

On March 2, 2011 a private members motion received consent from the House of Commons to declare the Wednesday of National Forest Week as National Tree Day. National Tree day is an opportunity for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us - clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.

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2018 National Forest Week

September 23 - 29, 2018
Theme: Research Forests: Canada's Living Laboratories

Canada’s research forests are places to learn, teach, experiment, and explore!

Forest research grows our knowledge of climate change, biodiversity, forest management, and best practices. Learning from our past, research forests help build a greener future by maintaining healthy, vibrant, and productive forests across the country.

2018 marks the Petawawa Research Forest’s 100th Anniversary—the oldest research forest in Canada.

National Tree Day: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Celebrate National Forest Week!

We invite you to celebrate National Forest Week in your neck of the woods and to let us know what you're doing by submitting your event to be listed in the Calendar of Events.

How to Participate

  • Have your municipality officially recognize National Tree Day.
  • Host or participate in a National Forest Week activity or event.
  • Arrange a tree planting.
  • Take a walk in woods and get to know your forest.
  • Care for a newly planted or neglected tree.
  • 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.

For more information on National Forest Week, event ideas, or to submit an event for listing, please contact:

Public Relations Specialist

2018 Calendar of Events

The following are National Forest Week activities occurring across the province.  For further information on any listed event, please contact the hosting organization directly.

Event Title: Date: Location: Hosted By: For More Information:
Explore Forestry Day  Wednesday, September 26, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Margaret Bowater Park
  • Fisheries and Land Resources
  • Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd.
  • Forest Safety Association of NL
  • Resource Innovations
  • Canadian Forest Service
    City of Corner Brook
Public Relations Specialist
Corner Brook National Tree Day Ceremony Wednesday, September 26, 2018
10:00 am
Margaret Bowater Pak
  • Fisheries and Land Resources
  • City of Corner Brook
Public Relations Specialist
St. John's National Tree Day (155 KB) Wednesday, September 26, 2018
11:00 am
Bannerman Park
Bruce Roberts
Cell: 709-682-8386
  • City of St. John's
  • NL Power
  • Tree Canada
  • Fisheries and Land Resources
  • Wildland Associates
  • Bowring Park
  • McInnes Cooper
  • East Coast Trail
  • Clean St. John's

Bruce Roberts

Cell: 709-682-8386

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