Education Centre Showcases New Web Site

Department of Natural Resources (to July 2018)

May 30, 2001 10:00 AM

In conjunction with the official opening of the Musquodoboit
Valley Education Centre, the Department of Natural Resources will
be showcasing one of its millennium projects on Monday, June 4.
The project -- a new education and extension programs Web site --
has been developed by Natural Resources’ education staff.

The new Web site, located at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/extension ,
contains three of the education programs that are delivered at
the department’s Natural Resources Education Centre. The centre,
located within the school in Middle Musquodoboit will hold an
open house from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m., on June 4, to showcase the Web site.

"The goal of this project is to promote forest sustainability by
improving access to our forestry education programs," said
Natural Resources Minister Ernest Fage. "The more people learn
about our forest and how it is managed, the more likely they are
to make wise decisions about how they use it."

Each year, 10,000 visitors participate in the centre''s natural-
resource education programs. Visitors participate in programs
such as Wildlife Walk, A New Forest -- The Next Generation, and
Products from a Sustainable Forest. The Web site makes these
educational programs available to more Nova Scotians in both
official languages. The site also includes modules of the Woodlot
Management Home Study Program, the Nova Scotia Hunter Education
Course, links to publications, outdoor recreation, and consumer
information pertaining to Christmas tree selection and care.

"The increasing use of the Internet permits improved access to
our programs," said the minister. "It allows Nova Scotians to
bring the information into schools, homes, public libraries and
the workplace."

The Web site is the result of two years'' work. Funding and other
support has been provided by a number of partners, including the
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, the Canada
Millennium Partnership Program, the Forest Products Association
of Nova Scotia, Heritage Canada, the Nova Scotia Youth
Conservation Corps, the Nova Scotia Community College-Truro
Campus, Stora-Enso, the Nova Forest Alliance and MacTara.


Deputy Prime Minister Herb Gray, federal Minister responsible for
the Millennium Initiative, said, "The Government of Canada is
pleased to have had a role in developing educational tools that
will raise public awareness of the importance of forest
management to ensure the preservation of our natural resources
and to protect the future of our environment."

The federal government, through the Canada Millennium Partnership
Fund and Heritage Canada, has contributed more than $28,000 to
the Web-site project.

The Natural Resources Education Centre, formerly part of the
Musquodoboit Forestry Complex, is now located inside the new
Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre. Natural Resources donated a
former nursery building and 11 hectares of land in Middle
Musquodoboit to the Halifax Regional School Board for use as
school property. The unused building space was converted into
classrooms and offices, and a cafeteria and gymnasium were added.
As part of the arrangement, Natural Resources retained space
within the state-of-the-art school from where the department will
continue to offer its educational programs.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     In conjunction with the official opening of the Musquodoboit

Valley Education Centre, the Department of Natural Resources will

be showcasing one of its millennium projects on Monday, June 4th.

     The project -- a new education and extension programs Web

site -- has been developed.

     The site ( www.gov.ns.ca/natr/extension ) contains three of

the education programs that are delivered at the department’s

Natural Resources Education Centre.

     The centre is located within the school in Middle

Musquodoboit.

     It will hold an open house to showcase the Web site on

Monday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 and again in the evening from

six to eight.

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Contact: Angela Campbell
         Natural Resources
         902-424-2354
         E-mail: campbeam@gov.ns.ca

         Bill Smith
         Natural Resources
         902-424-4445
         E-mail: smithwd@gov.ns.ca

kjd         May 30, 2001        9:54 A.M.