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National Forestry Week History

What is now known as National Forest Week (NFW) was established in the 1920s and was known as Forest Fire Prevention Week.

The intention was to encourage greater public awareness of Canada’s forests.

Since then, NFW (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, NFW remains first and foremost a challenge to individual Canadians to learn more about their forest heritage and support greater recognition of this valuable resource.

NFW is observed annually during the last full week of September.

National Tree Day is observed on the Wednesday of NFW.