Forestry Week brings activities to North Island

Predator awareness open house, Kids' Logger Sports, interpretive forestry walks to mark Sept. 21-27 National Forests Week.

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

A community open house on predator awareness, featuring Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant and wildlife biologist Megan Hanacek, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, beginning at 7 p.m. at Gate House Community Theatre.

There is no cost to attend the presentation.

On 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.