The United Nations General Assembly declared March 21st as the International Day of Forests. The day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. It was only natural for the PPC to celebrate this important day, so they hosted a one-hour nature walk around Totem Park forest on the UBC campus. A group of more than 25, including PPC’s Director Mark Martinez, gathered on a sunny afternoon to learn about various tree species, listen to folk stories, learn new facts, and learn about all the different uses of the various trees that were discussed. The group was pleasantly surprised when they saw a Bald Eagle on the walk. The nature walk concluded with lunch at the Centre and a viewing of a documentary made on Vancouver Island titled “Logging: from chain saw to saw mill”.
Here are just a handful of the general facts that were shared on the nature walk: Forests cover a third of land on earth, and half of all know species live in forests. Forests also prevent erosion, reduce flooding, and purify the soil and the air. Did you know that one full grown tree can produce enough oxygen for ten people? The forestry industry employs 1.6 billion people, including us at the PPC.
The PPC is very lucky to have extremely knowledgeable staff and students who were able to act as tour guides during the nature walk. Below we share their biographies:
Nine tree species were discussed in full detail, here are just two abbreviated examples of the Western Hemlock and the Western Yew: