Forest week

North Island to mark National Forest Week with a series of events in the coming week.

PORT McNEILL—The North Island Network of Forest Professionals will recognize National Forest Week with a series of events in the coming week.

Forest Week in B.C. has been given the theme Sunrise in the Forest, and will be marked by activities across the province.

In Port McNeill, it kicked off yesterday with a community open house on predator awareness, featuring Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant and wildlife biologist Megan Hanacek, at Gate House Community Theatre.

This Saturday, it’s the kids’ turn to shine in a Kids’ Logger Sports day at Centennial Ballfield on Broughton Boulevard in Port McNeill. The event, which begins at 10:30 a.m., features both non-competitive and competitive events designed to introduce youngsters 15-under to logger sports, along with free T-shirts and hot dogs, face painting and prizes.

The week wraps up Sunday at the annual Rivers Day celebration at the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre in Port Hardy, beginning at 9 a.m. Forest professionals will take part in the day with interpretive forestry walks and instruction on fish and forestry actions.

Other activities featured in the Rivers Day event include a 5K fun run/walk, fish painting for kids, a salmon barbecue and demonstration of traditional aboriginal salmon smoking, fly-tying and casting demos and other booths and displays.

For information on Rivers Day, call Louisa at 250-902-0336 or email quatse@cablerocket.com.