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Local youth learn about stewardship during Alberta Forest Week

This Arbour Day, representatives of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and the forest industry will be giving grade one students tree seedlings.

It’s all part of Alberta Forest Week, taking place from May 5th to 9th.

ESRD Outreach Officer Blaine Burke says he hopes to share with local youth the important role forests play in our lives.

“They’re responsible for clean water, they’re responsible obviously for oxygen, they pertain critical wildlife habitat, they give us a place to work and play; forests are incredibly important things in our lives and it’s important that we treat the forest in a stewardship manner.”

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During the first three days of the week, local grade six students have gone on forest walking tours, learning everything they need to know about from wildfire prevention to the impact of the Mountain Pine Beetle.

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