Growing Forest Education in Québec by Building a Forest Ambassador Network
A Network of Forest Ambassadors Root
Why this Project Matters
Table Forêt Laurentides promotes awareness of the forest sector, forest products, sustainable forest management, and green jobs. Its forestry education program is very popular, but it is operating at capacity and has been forced to forgo collaborating with potential partners on several occasions. This pilot project will create a Quebec-wide network of “Forest Ambassadors.” It will bring together leaders in forest education to share knowledge and methodologies to broaden the understanding of sustainable forestry. The network will leverage tools and resources to establish Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada) in the province. It will also connect with the SFI network to provide demonstrations and educational opportunities for the Forest Ambassadors Network. PLT Canada is an initiative of SFI.
How the Project Will Build Understanding of Sustainable Forest Management
PLT Canada is advancing environmental literacy, stewardship, and career pathways using trees and forests as windows on the world. The Forest Ambassadors Network will help establish and expand PLT Canada’s reach in Quebec schools by leveraging resources and knowledge among a network of partners across the province. The ambassadors will also leverage the SFI network to build mutual understanding in the communities where they operate about the benefits of sustainably managed forests and forest products. The ambassadors will also play a critical role in engaging with youth and building their understanding of the career opportunities available within the forest and conservation sectors.
The SFI Community Grant Program is supporting this project along with the expertise and resources of PLT Canada. SFI also supports the project by collaborating with members of the SFI network. The Quebec SFI Implementation Committee, Resolute Forest Products, Kenauk Canada ULC, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and Louisiana Pacific are all supporting the project.
How this Project Builds SFI Community Engagement
This project will enable the SFI network in Quebec to better communicate its objective to promote the values and benefits of sustainably managed forests to a larger audience. It will leverage diverse partners across the province who are delivering education and outreach on sustainable forestry and create a province-wide network to unify messaging, goals and resource development. Promoting workforce development in the forestry sector will encourage youth to investigate green careers and potentially put themselves on a career path that allows them to live and work in rural communities, which currently face declining populations.
This partnership includes conservationists, researchers, SFI‑certified organizations, and provincial park staff.
The Table Forêt Laurentides promotes awareness of the forest sector, forest products, sustainable forest management, and green jobs. It focuses on developing a regional forest culture where people are proud of their forests and see them as a source of environmental, recreational, and economic benefits. Based in Mont-Laurier, Québec, the organization is in the heart of province’s Laurentide region. Learn more (French only).
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