Corduroy is back in fashion with foresters and conservationists who want new ways to conserve wetlands crossed by resource roads. The earliest days of Canada’s timber trade featured wetland crossings made of logs lined up in rows, which resembled corduroy fabric. Road building gradually became more permanent, sometimes affecting water flow in wetlands. Putting a modern spin on corduroy roads is one of the recommendations in a new field guide just released by FPInnovations and Ducks Unlimited Canada. The guide, “Resource Roads and Wetlands: A Guide for Planning, Construction and Maintenance,” developed in part with funding from the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program, offers best management practices to mitigate the impacts of roads on wetlands in Canada’s forests.
Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada) is excited to launch its Green Ride for Green Jobs awareness campaign with a cross-country engagement tour to encourage even more youth to work in Green Jobs and help fill critical roles in forests and parks.
PLT Canada’s Zac Wagman, Green Jobs Manager, will begin theGreen Ride in Victoria, B.C., and will travel more than 8,750 km over four months to St. John’s, Nfld on a Montreal-made Picolo Vélo wooden bicycle. Wagman will visit up to 50 PLT Canada Green Jobs employers in 30 different communities across nine provinces, profiling over 25 youth, and sharing stories of their Green Jobs experiences over social media.
Launched in 2018 with support from the Government of Canada, The Green Jobs initiative is administered by PLT Canada, working closely with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Canadian Parks Council, to instill a passion for the outdoors and provide youth with the knowledge, skills and experience that will help them pursue careers in the forest and conservation sectors.
Since then, PLT Canada has funded and committed to fund over 1,600 outdoor jobs in forestry, ecosystem and wildlife management, silviculture and forest health, indigenous forest based programs, recreation and interpretation, conservation and research, education, and jobs within provincial and territorial parks.