Across Canada over 50,000 forestry jobs have been lost over the last few years. Demand for paper and lumber is declining and unless changes are made, the 270,000 jobs remaining in forestry will be jeopardized.
Mark MacPhail, UINR’s Directory of Forestry believes that despite gloomy predictions there is hope for the industry and a new understanding of the forest as a whole. To drive that point home, UINR is hosting a one-day workshop: “Tetapuo’tmnej Nipukt–Making the Most of Our Hardwood Resources” on Tuesday March 30.
“Our workshop looks at ways we can blend traditional wood production with new uses to get maximum value from every tree. For thousands of years the Mi’kmaq used the forests in a sustainable and diverse way. We need to revisit these methods and return to a balance in the way we treat our forests.”
A diverse selection of workshop speakers include author and forester Jamie Simpson, Mi’kmaq basket makers Caroline Gould and Ursula Johnson, instrument maker Garett Lahey, woodturner Hugh Ross, herb crafter Cecila Brooks, renowned canoe builder Todd Labrador and sawmill owner David Fraser.
The workshop’s keynote speaker is Jamie Simpson, author of “Restoring the Acadian Forest”. Jamie believes that we need to return our forests to their natural, original state. Jamie holds a Master of Science in Forestry degree and has a wealth of experience as a logger and forest management planner. He is Forestry Program Coordinator for the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax and he has a wealth of experience in forest ecology, land conservation and low-impact logging.
Registration for the one-day workshop is free but attendance is limited to 40 attendees. Register today by emailing your name and contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org