A new book is launched by the Forest Service of the Town of Mission, celebrating 60 years of successful management of its local forests.
“The Tree Farm – The Evolution of Canada’s First Ever Community Forest” details the history of Tree Farm license # 26, how the city managed the diverse 10,000 hectare ecosystem and the importance of the area to First Nations. local, province and Citizens of the mission.
Author Michelle Rhodes said that Mission’s political and business leaders had the foresight to push for local control of their forests, decades before other municipalities realized the benefits for environmental sustainability, recreational values. , forest fire risk management and economic gains.
“This project was really great to undertake because the story of the Mission Forest Farm is remarkable in the history of British Columbia and Canada,” said Rhodes. “Forestry was BC’s largest industry for over a century and was dominated by large corporations.
The book launch coincides with an event on Friday September 24 at Steelhead Hall in partnership with the Mission Folk Music Festival.
The festival offers a new series of events called “Folks and Words”, which brings together musicians and authors in performance spaces.
The evening will feature readings from Rhodes books and music by third generation lumberjack John Gogo. Participation is free, but prior registration is required through Eventbrite.
Further details are available at TourismMission.ca. Proof of vaccination is required.
Chris Gruenwald, Director of Forestry at Mission, thanked Rhodes for his work, former director Bob O’Neal for his efforts to launch the project, and the Kwantlen, Leq’a: mel and Matsqui Nations for their significant contributions.
“We are delighted to share this book with our community,” said Gruenwald. “It not only tells the story of Mission as a pioneer in community forestry in Canada, but it also details the cultural and spiritual importance of the region to local First Nations communities. “
The book is $ 35.99 and will be available for purchase during Friday’s event and at the Mission Visitor Center, City Hall, via Amazon.ca and chapters.indigo.ca