Energy, Mines and Resources Minister John Streicker has issued the following statement:
“Each year, National Forest Week (NFW) is celebrated across Canada to educate, raise awareness and foster connection to our rich and vital forest ecosystems.
“Across the Yukon, we have over 28 million hectares of forests that play a vital role in our ecological, cultural, social and economic welfare.
“Cultivating biological diversity in forest ecosystems is critical for reducing the impacts of climate change, protecting wildlife and their habitats, maintaining forest health, producing reliable wood-based resources and preserving the cultural values that forests hold for many Indigenous communities.
“Thank you to all Indigenous stewards, forest technicians, researchers and scientists who diligently contribute to the sustainable management of forests for future generations.
“Our government is proud to join the Canadian Institute of Forestry in acknowledging this annual campaign, and we encourage all Yukoners to reflect and consider our relationship with our vast and diverse forests.”