The Rotary Adventure in Forestry and Environmental Studies Program is now taking applications.

The Rotary Adventure in Forestry and Environmental Studies Program is now taking applications.

Nelson Rotary club looking for keen young forestry enthusiasts

From seed to sawdust, the Adventure in Forestry and Environmental studies program is a unique, fun-packed and fast-paced way to learn

The Rotary Adventure in Forestry and Environmental Studies Program, launched in 1990 by the Rotary Club of Prince George Yellowhead, is intended to promote an interest in careers in forestry. The Adventure in Forestry program annually introduces 25 to 40 high school students to the wide variety of careers the forest and environmental industries have to offer.

From seed to sawdust, the Adventure in Forestry and Environmental studies program is a unique, fun-packed and fast-paced way to learn about these industries. Participants work side by side with mill staff, tree planters, nursery staff and forest fire personnel, participate in a variety of tours and learn about related programs the University of British Columbia and the College of New Caledonia offer. This program incorporates the latest technology and provides first hand, on-site experience. Students from all over Western Canada participate in this three-day event, which for many, has shaped careers and life paths.

Selected students must be between 16 and 19 years of age on May 1, enrolled in and attending school (Grade 11 or 12), and be maintaining acceptable grade standards. Preferably, the student should be considering a career in the applicable program. The program includes billets for the out-of-town students and local transportation.

Travel arrangements and expenses are provided by the Nelson Rotary Club. For more information and application forms, contact Chris Fairbank at 250-352-5371. Deadline is April 4.

To enable the selection committee to assess the candidate’s interest and capabilities, the candidate is asked to write an essay (maximum 350 words) on one or more of the emerging trends — cross-laminated timber, environmental product declarations, pine beetle wood, wood first, bio-energy. At the end of the essay, summarize the main elements of what you have written and share your hopes for the future of the industry, commenting on forestry’s importance to BC and ultimately, you.