PEI has many rural festivals which celebrate matters important to PEI's identity. Yet, while the contributions of things such as potatoes, oysters, corn, and lobsters are celebrated in many ways each year, our largest natural resource - the forest - is surprisingly absent from the festival mix
In order to rectify this situation, the PEI Model Forest Network Partnership in cooperation with the Public Forest Council and the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry, is hosting P.E.I.s first Forest Festival.
Forest professionals, urban dwellers and woodlot owners are invited to come and learn more about Island forests. Discover how people use public and private forests, and the importance of forests to our Islands environment, economy and communities.
This fair will feature a variety of forestry exhibits and demonstrations that highlight topics such as selective harvesting, safe chainsaw cutting practices, forest plants, several wood-using businesses which produce high value products for local markets , watershed and riparian zone management techniques .
Scheduled features at the main venue will include a Woodsman skills demonstration, wood manufacturing display, GIS capabilities, woodcarving, Geo-caching exercise (Canadas fastest growing outdoor sport), forest machinery, pancake breakfast and much, much more.
One of the main features will be the "Forest Doctors" Bob Bancroft , well-know Maritime wildlife biologist and Dave Carmichael, horticulturalist at the J.Frank Gaudet Tree Nursery, will answer visitors questions on wildlife management and the health and care of trees and shrubs.
The development and delivery of P.E.I.s first forestry festival.
List of Other Project Partners:
Department of Environment, Energy & Forestry, Private Woodlot Owners, Wood Products PEI, Wood West Network Initiative and the Public Forest Council.