Forestry's Green Warrior
FOREST EXPO: Building on Strength
Prince George, May 9 - 11
Forest Expo goes from strength to strength. "I'm expecting 350 to 375 exhibitors and I'm hoping for 400," anticipates Trudy Swaan, general manager for Forest Expo '96. It will be held at Exhibition Park in Prince George, British Columbia, May 9 to 11, and typically attracts 20,000 attendees. The biennial forest industry/public education showcase has developed steadily into the largest show of its kind in North America. Forest Expo has also earned and continues to demonstrate a strong international reputation with exhibitors and delegates from wood product manufacturing countries around the world. Logging and Sawmilling Journal is the official guide to the expo.
One of the reasons for the show's success is the forum it creates. It brings the serious buyers of forest industry equipment, goods and services in contact with the manufacturers and sellers. "We've definitely noted an increasing percentage in the numbers of serious buyers coming to the show," says Swaan. The show has proven itself the place to be.
By February 15, inside display space was running short. But Swaan has extra inside and outside spaces available this year, thanks to the new Prince George Multi-Plex. The $20 million, all-purpose, civically owned building was opened for action in February, 1995. Its presence has led to some redesigning of the adjacent Exhibition Park.
The Resource Awareness Centre will return after its successful 1994 debut at Forest Expo. It uses video, animation and graphics to show the changing ways in which regional forests are managed. The cleverly designed centre is housed in a trailer which can take to the road with its public message of progressive sustainable forest management practices. Forest Expo includes offering practical seminars on pertinent industry issues and a panel discussion focussing on First Nations' issues. Among the special events is a crowd-pleasing display of miniature high-lead timber harvesting systems.
Forest Expo coincides with National Forest Week and its 1996 theme of 'Forest Regions: Varied Treasures.' Forest Expo has joined a group of community organizations to make the week more relevant. "And to celebrate the industry that feeds us," notes Swaan. The Northern Forest Products Association, Share BC and the IWA are among the groups participating. A series of events are planned for National Forest Week beginning with the fifth annual tree planter's picnic. The influx of tree planters from across Canada is a seasonal rite in BC's central interior. Forest Expo will anchor the week's activities expected to include special speakers and street decorations.
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