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Mission, BC – The City of Mission forestry department is launching a new book during National Forestry Week to celebrate over 60 years of managing a municipal forest. “The Tree Farm – the Evolution of Canada’s First Community Forest”, captures the history of Mission’s Tree Farm Licence #26, guiding readers through the 10,000-hectare diverse eco-system, highlighting the importance of the area to First Nation Communities, the province, and Mission community.

The event takes place on Friday, September 24 at 7:00 pm at Steelhead Hall and is in partnership with the Mission Folk Music Festival, which has a new event series, Folk and Words, which partners musical artists with authors in performance spaces.

The evening will include book readings from author Michelle Rhodes and music from third-generation logger John Gogo. It is free to attend, with advanced registration required via Eventbrite, with details and the link available via TourismMission.ca

“This project was such a great one to take on because the story of the Mission tree farm is remarkable in BC and Canadian history,” said author Michelle Rhodes. “Forestry was BC’s biggest industry for more than a century and was dominated by large corporate interests. Mission’s political and business leaders pushed instead for local control of local forests. They did so decades before other communities in BC did for environmental sustainability, recreational values, forest fire risk management, and local economic benefit.”

Chris Gruenwald, Director of Forestry commented, “We are pleased to share this book with our community. It not only tells the story of Mission as a trailblazer in terms of Community Forestry in Canada, but it also details the cultural and spiritual importance of the area to local First Nation Communities. This project required contributions from many individuals. Special thanks go to Michelle Rhodes for her great work writing this book. Bob O’Neal, the former Director of Forestry, for his vision and passion to get this project started; and the Kwantlen, Leq’a:mel, and Matsqui Nations for their meaningful contributions to this story, of which many chapters are yet to be written.”

The book retails for $35.00 and will be available for purchase at the event and the Mission Visitor Centre, City Hall, via Amazon.ca and chapters.indigo.ca

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Facts and Further Information:
As this is an event proof of vaccination is required.
The mask mandate will be followed.