A Christmas tree contest you ask… You had me at Christmas…
When fellow Growing Up NB blogger Jenna Morton suggested we each decorate a New Brunswick themed Christmas tree I jumped at the opportunity to decorate a third tree in our house. I had planned on adding a Canada themed tree to Little Dude’s room this year anyhow so this was the perfect motivation to get inspired.
I went with a forestry theme for my tree – I figured it would be a theme that many others may not think about and yet it is a theme that suits our province perfectly. Not to mention that in my day job I work with many forestry companies on a regular basis and was able to access products for my ornament crafts that many others may not have easy access to.
The wooden beads, wooden snowflake cutouts, pine cones, wood chip balls, wood pellet trees and twig trees make up the decorations on my Forestry Themed tree and are all items found directly in a New Brunswick forest or made from a forest product. The sparkle snowflakes were added just for a little bit of fun, but also represent the snow in the forest as well as the interesting (and often challenging) conditions forests as well as forestry employees endure through the seasons.
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Did you know that 1 in every 30 jobs in New Brunswick are in the forest industry? On the other hand of the 6.1 million hectares in the province only 1% is harvested annually and professional forest companies are required (by law) to regenerate what they harvest. Pretty cool for the economy, employment and the environment!
It is pretty neat to have an industry like this in our province that provides countless opportunities for our little ones to have growing opportunities, work opportunities and live in a sustainable environment.
The wood chips I used for this wood chips tree and the wood chips balls are a variety of hard wood and soft wood chips that are waste products from saw mills and other operations around the province. Did you know New Brunswick boats one of the most diverse forests in the country? We are fortunate as citizens to enjoy the variety of trees in our diverse forest.
The wood pellet trees are made with wood pellets that compact saw dust in my hometown of Belledune. These pellets are residential ones (from Shaw Resources) that are used in wood pellets stoves in homes across the country to help provide a different heating source to Canadians.
The twig trees are made from popsicle sticks as the “trunk” and twigs that fell in my lawn this fall. I used scissors to cut the twigs and hot glue to stick everything together.
The “Warm Wishes” snowman sign is also made from New Brunswick wood with the artistic creativity of a local artisan in Bathurst.
Forest products companies give back nearly $1 million dollars to communities and charitable events in the province of New Brunswick every year – just another reason I am proud to be a New Brunswicker and work with such a great group of companies on a regular basis.
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