BC National Forest Week, September 22 to 28, 2019

BCNFW Event: Cranbrook-kids learning value of BC's forests

Plan for your 2019 BC NFW event. This year, it will be September 22 to 28, 2019! Check out some teacher resources if you are developing some lessons in or outside the classroom.

Current News:

19 Sept 2018:  National Forest Week Highlights the Living Laboratories That are BC’s Forests.

BC National Forest Week Coalition

Established in 2013, the BC National Forest Week Coalition’s goal is to educate as many youths of BC about the different uses and value that we get from our forests including:

– the production of wood products,
– to providing local jobs,
– to a variety of recreation opportunities, and
– providing spiritual values.

We want everyone in BC to have the opportunity to spend time outdoors as well as appreciate our wonderful and diverse forests.

Kids learning about the forest

Who is BCNFW?

Representatives on the Coalition include:

Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF), BC Sections,
Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP),
Truck Loggers Association (TLA),
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations,
BC Timber Sales,
Federation of BC Woodlot Associations,
Vancouver Island University, and
– a number of forest products and consulting companies.

They are focused on promoting local NFW events and supporting organizers, helping to create successful events with educational resources.

What do we do for National Forest Week?

National Forest Week is our opportunity to rally the troops, wave the flag, and showcase the high level of professionalism used in managing the forest resources of BC.

Objectives of the BCNFW Coalition are to:
– Develop a coordinated approach to a provincial NFW program;
– Promote local events for the provincial forestry and forest management sectors;
– Reach out to communities, school children, and citizens; and
– Develop standard communications and news releases for a provincial-wide application, used by local event organizers.

Contact BCNFW Coalition Member

The BCNFW Coalition works hard to promote National Forest Week and helps in organizing events and activities across the province.

If you would like to get involved, please email us or connect with a BC Coalition member in your area.

Art Contest

Art Contest

As part of the NFW celebration, we are holding the annual ABCFP art contest for kids.

The art contest provides an opportunity for children ages 4 to 12 to show through their artwork, what they think forest professionals do. The winner in each age group (4-5; 6-8; and 9-12) will receive a $50 Indigo gift card.

Entry Form

The 2019 art contest entry forms are available as a PDF download.

Last Year’s Art Contest Winners

Check out last year’s art contest submissions and winners.

Sophia Fraser, Age 6, Port Alberni

Photo Contest

2019 Photo Contest

Our annual photo contest for ABCFP members is also back. Winners will have their photos published in BC Forest Professional magazine and online with the top photo being featured on the magazine’s cover. Send us your original photo showing the majesty of BC’s forests or how they are important to your community. Photos must be taken in BC (high resolution images only, no filters or editing, saved as JPG or TIF, and at least 1 MB).

Email photo entries to Dean Pelkey, ABCFP Communications Director.  Please use subject line: ABCFP member photo contest.

Last Year’s Photo Contest Winner

Check out last year’s photo contest winner.


2019-2020 Sponsors

Thank you to all of our Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsors.

Your continual support and efforts help to support local events that contribute to increasing awareness of the value of our forest to young minds and the general public.

We are particularly grateful to our Legacy Sponsors, organizations who have provided support to National Forest Week for the past 5 years.

Platinum Sponsors ($2,000 +)

Association of BC Forest Professionals Logo - Platinum Sponsor Association of BC Forest Professionals
ForesTrust Logo - Platinum Sponsor ForesTrust
Forest Innovation Investment Logo Forest Innovation Investment (Legacy)
Interfor Logo - Platinum and Legacy Sponsor Interfor (Legacy)
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Logo - Platinum and Legacy Sponsor BC Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources Operations (Legacy)
Tolko Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor Tolko (Legacy)
The Truck Loggers Association Logo - Platinum and Legacy Sponsor The Truck Loggers Association (Legacy)
Western Canada Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee Logo - Platinum and Legacy Sponsor Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee (Legacy)


Gold Sponsors ($1,000 – 1,999)


BC Government and Service Employees' Union Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (Legacy)
BC Timber Sales Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor BC Timber Sales (Legacy)
Canfor Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor Canfor (Legacy)
Coastland Wood Industries Ltd. Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor Coastland Wood Industries Ltd. (Legacy)
Conifex Logo Conifex (Legacy)
DWB Consulting Services Ltd. Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor DWB Consulting Services Ltd. (Legacy)
Interior Lumber Manufacturers' Association Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association (Legacy)
Island Timberlands Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor Island Timberlands (Legacy)
TimberWest Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor TimberWest (Legacy)
University of British Columbia Forestry Faculty Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor UBC Forest Faculty (Legacy)
Western Forest Products Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor Western Forest Products Inc. (Legacy)
West Fraser Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor West Fraser (Legacy)


Silver Sponsors ($500 – 999)

A&A Trading (Legacy)
Arbutus Grove Nursery (Legacy)
Conair (Legacy)
District of Mission – Forestry Dept. (Legacy)
Domtar – Kamloops (Legacy)
Forsite Consultants Ltd. (Legacy)
FPInnovation (FPI)
Gorman Bros Lumber Ltd. (Legacy)
Hancock Forest Management
Industrial Forestry Service Ltd. (IFS)
Pacific Bioenergy Prince George
Probyn Log (Legacy)
Southern Interior Silviculture Committee (SISCO) (Legacy)
Strategic Natural Resource Consultants (Legacy)
Teal Jones Group
Vancouver Island University – Forestry Department (Legacy)


Bronze Sponsors ($100 – 499)

Coastal Silviculture Committee (CSC)
Princeton Wood Preservers
Private Forest Landowners Association
Selkirk College Forestry Program (Legacy)
Sylvan Vale Nursery (Legacy)
University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) (Legacy)


Activity Reports

Check out our accomplishments/activities reports (from current to the past 5 years) to see what we have done to increase knowledge of the forests in the classrooms and events.

Sponsors help kids learn and value the forest.