Today is World Forestry Day, also known as International Day of Forests, which is celebrated around the world to recognise how forests make an important contribution to our everyday lives, including for those communities that are dependent on forests.
The Forestry Minister, Hon Mia Davies MLA recently marked the day by visiting the South Landsdale kindergarten north of Perth to help plant shade and shelter trees donated by the FPC.
“I’m delighted to support World Forestry Day in this small, symbolic way, by helping these children learn about new trees planted in their school grounds.”
“Forests play a central role not just here in WA but all over the world both in terms of industry and employment and are important in environmental terms.” said Ms Davies.
Coinciding with the day of global recognition, the FPC has produced an informative animation explaining the central place of sustainability in forest management.
This will sit alongside a number of new information sheets providing an overview of the management of our South West native forests and a short video about Western Australia’s forest and timber industry. All these materials are available on the FPC’s website.
The FPC’s General Manager Mr David Hartley said “World Forestry Day is significant, not just for the forest industry, but to everyone who values our forests – both native and plantations. We all value the forests for many reasons, whether it be because they are nice to look at and recreate in, they provide clean air and fresh water, or because they are the home to many native flora and fauna. There are so many reasons our forests are important. They also provide the quality timber products that we all use every day.”
“The FPC will continue to engage with local communities and stakeholders to help raise awareness of the importance of forests and the forest industry in generating sustainably managed, renewable and carbon friendly timber products.” said Mr Hartley.
The forest industry in WA is an important part of the local economy, providing jobs for 3,000 people. Timber produced from both plantations and native forests in Western Australia are independently certified to meet internationally recognised sustainability standards.