2011: Year of the Forests

2011: Year of the Forests

By: Leslie Pineda
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The New Year has just begun! Everyone is doing their best to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. One of United Nations’s resolutions this year is to protect fragile forest ecosystems and to “raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.”

The SFU campus on Burnaby Mountain is surrounded by an amazing piece of protected area: Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. Make sure you take the time to enjoy the Centennial Rose Garden, get some exercise on the trails, and most of all, enjoy the view of downtown Vancouver and the incredible North Shore Mountains landscapes.

If you want to be more proactive in protecting our natural heritage, here’s how.

  • Sign a petition to protect BC’s Ancient Forests. Take a look at Burnaby & Coquitlam Ancient Forest Committee’s Facebook page and join them to help protect old growth forests on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
  • Check out Nature Canada for ideas on how to get involved. It doesn’t matter if you are a dedicated scientist or a grade 8 student, you can spend a day hiking at one of the many Canadian National Parks. You can also join a naturalist club or become a “citizen scientist.” You decide!
  • Join Bob McMinn’s quest in saving Mary Lake in Vancouver Island. Visit savemaryake.comto find out how you can purchase a virtual piece of Mary Lake and take a chance at winning $1000 through their YouTube contest. You can also follow McMinn on Twitter!

BC’s landscape is truly a world wonder – this is a chance to protect it for generations to come. Make the most of the new year by doing something good for the environment

By Leslie Pineda

Posted on January 21, 2011