Celebrate National Forest Week in Nova Scotia

Department of Natural Resources

April 30, 2004 12:45 PM

Sunday, May 2 is the beginning of National Forest Week in Canada,
Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt announced today,
April 30. Nova Scotians can celebrate the week by taking part is
various activities around the province.

The theme for the week is Canada's Forests -- A Fine Balance and
it focuses on the decline of wildlife habitat and the increase in
species at risk.

"Our forests contribute significantly to a healthy environment,
economy and lifestyle for all Nova Scotians," said Mr. Hurlburt.
"In addition, they provide food and shelter for thousands of
wildlife species."

Activities are planned across the province to increase awareness
about the many living things that call our forests home.

Children's entertainer Jim Dalling will perform his "Ask me if
I'm a Tree" show for school children in grades 3 to 6 throughout
Nova Scotia during National Forest Week. The show is an
educational, interactive presentation that brings the message of
responsible forest use and sustainable forest management.

"Mr. Dalling's presentation will show our children the importance
of our forests to every-day life," said Mr. Hurlburt. "National
Forest Week is an opportunity for all of us to consider the true
value of Nova Scotia's forests."

Other events around the province include school visits by
Department of Natural Resources staff, who will talk with
students in grades 4 to 6 classes about the importance of our
forests and will distribute seedlings for them to plant.

The Department of Natural Resources will also host mall displays
in Sydney on Friday, May 7 and New Minas on Saturday, May 8. A
children's forest planting will take place in Hilden, Colchester,
Co., on Wednesday, May 5. In addition, staff at the Natural
Resources Education Centre in Middle Musquodoboit will host an
open house on Saturday, May 8 on the McCurdy woodlot to focus on
Hurricane Juan damage and clean-up activities.

National Forest Week is sponsored by the Canadian Forestry
Association and runs until Saturday, May 8. Information about the
different activities is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .


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     Nova Scotians can mark National Forest Week -- from May 2nd

to May 8th -- in many ways.

     Activities are taking place throughout the province and

include everything from school presentations to mall displays and

open houses.

     Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt says our forests

are vital to the economy and the environment of Nova Scotia.

     This message is being promoted to children in grades three

to six through the "Ask Me if I'm a Tree" presentation by

children's entertainer Jim Dalling. This educational show teaches

students about responsible forest use and sustainable forest

management.

     More information is available on the Department of Natural

Resources website.

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Contact: Susan Mader Zinck
         Natural Resources
         902-424-5239
         E-mail: madersd@gov.ns.ca

jal         April 30, 2004      12:44 P.M.