Forest NB executive director Mike Legere was invited to provide a forest sector information session for the Fredericton Golden Club at their meeting last week.
Presenting to a group of more than 60, Legere highlighted the forest industry’s contribution to the provincial economy, Forest NB’s role as an association and explained how forestry in New Brunswick compares to other provinces.
The presentation is part of a community outreach initiative aimed at fostering a better public understanding of forestry in the province.
“The forest sector touches people in so many ways that it’s important to take advantage of invitations to inform and debate issues regarding forest management and the forest economy,” Legere said. “It was great to have the opportunity to do just that with the Fredericton Golden Club.”
According to a Conference Board of Canada report, the forest sector provides nearly 18, 000 New Brunswickers with direct and indirect jobs. New Brunswick’s forest sector is very competitive with the rest of Canada, trailing only British Columbia in contribution to provincial GDP.
Legere believes information sessions like these are an important aspect of keeping the public up to date with modern forestry practices in the province. He hopes to present to groups similar to the Golden Club in the near future.
“Much of the group is retired from varied careers but their experience makes them significant influencers and commentators on current issues. Their desire to stay current on important topics related to forestry in the province is something we wish all community groups would give due consideration.”
*If you are interested in hosting a Forest NB Information Session for your group, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 506-452-6930.