A Century of Forestry
Saskatchewan Forestry Expo to Celebrate the New and Old in Forestry
By Tony Kryzanowski
What better way to celebrate a century of forestry than to mix historical displays and events with some of the most modern equipment and concepts available in forestry today. That’s what people attending this year’s Saskatchewan Forestry Expo can expect to see. The three-day event runs from June 24th to June 26th on the Prince Albert Exhibition Association grounds.
This year’s “Century of Forestry” theme fits well with Prince Albert’s 2004 Centennial. The timing of the event also meshes nicely with planning a holiday to the Prince Albert area, which boasts some of the most pristine lakes and parks in Western Canada, including Prince Albert National Park just north of the city. Forestry Expo is a combination of displays, seminars and special events that is sure to appeal to a wide audience.
Nearly all major equipment suppliers have confirmed their attendance, so logging contractors will have an opportunity to kick the tires on some of the latest equipment and accessories. A number of industry suppliers have also booked displays, featuring communication technology, land management services, insurance providers, and much more. There is both an indoor and outdoor display area. A number of government agencies will also be on hand to provide information on a variety of programs.
These include helping individuals launch forest business ventures such as programs aimed specifically at First Nations, where to obtain support related to forest management or marketing challenges, or providing information on sustainable forest management initiatives. “We’re also a carbon-neutral event,” says Expo organizing committee chairman, Wayne Roznowsky. “We’re going to plant enough trees before or after the event in the exhibition grounds to offset the carbon dioxide that will be generated when people travel to and from the event.”
An outstanding line-up of seminars begins Thursday afternoon. Seminar topics cover a wide spectrum, from how to manage the forest resource to marketing finished wood products in both the domestic and international markets. Hosting the seminars are Forintek Canada Corp, Saskatchewan Environment, International Trade Canada, the Saskatchewan Forest Centre, Prince Albert and District Community Futures, the Saskatchewan Research Council, and the Canadian Forest Service. While the Expo is about learning, it is also about having fun.
Big Truck Races will occur on both Thursday and Friday evening. A banquet, live and silent auction, and entertainment event is also planned for Friday evening. Some of the auction proceeds will go to support two scholarships and an achievement award presented annually to students in the Ecosystems Technology program at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST). Funding is also provided to the Saskatchewan Association of Science Fairs Inc to help support four science fairs held in the vicinity of the boreal forest. Prizes generated from Forestry Expo funds are given specifically in support of outstanding forestry-related science projects.
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