Contests foster forest creativity

B.C. forest organizations are celebrating National Forest Week (Sept. 18-24) with art and essay contests for youth.

B.C. forest organizations are celebrating National Forest Week (Sept. 18-24) with art and essay contests for youth.

The Association of B.C. Forest Professionals wants youth to celebrate both National Forest Week and International Year of the Forest and is hosting an essay contest. The contest, open to students ages 13-18, asks students to write about what the forest means to them or to the province, including recreational opportunities, the environment, the economic benefits or the cultural aspects of forests. The top prize is $350 with two runner-up prizes of $150.

For younger children, the association is offering an art contest in conjunction with the Truck Loggers Association. The contest, open to kids ages four to 12 until Oct. 21, invites children to draw a picture of what the forests in their communities mean to them.

To enter either contest, please go to www.abcfp.ca.