Forestry Museum celebrates diversity of Canada with All Nation Tree Plant

Revelstoke's B.C. Interior Forestry Museum celebrates Canada's 150th with tree planting event that will honour our rich and diverse heritage.

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BC Interior Forestry Museum director Glenn Westrup (left) and summer student Chris Dhillon have been hard at work getting the six tree beds ready for the Canada 150 All Nations Tree Plant taking place this month. Photo: Melissa Jameson/Revelstoke Mountaineer.

The B.C. Interior Forestry Museum is hosting a Canada 150 All Nation Tree Plant during the month of September and are inviting people to participate in the free event.

“It’s an international event,” said Glenn Westrup, director of the B.C. Interior Forestry Museum which is located next to the Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre.

Westrup said a total of six beds representing six different continents have been prepared at the museum. The idea is to have garden beds representing the six continents that the people of Revelstoke have come from that make Canada a great place.

The six beds include:

  • Australian/New Zealand bed
  • UK/Europe
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • South America

Originally the plan was to include all large trees, but Westrup said this has now changed and each of the six beds will include a mixture of different types of plants.

“There are common varieties to each bed but there are individual plants, for example in the Asian one there’s a Japanese maple. They’re not all local Canadian West Coast plants,” he said. “It’s a work in progress because they’re garden beds. They’ll start off small.When we come back next summer they’ll be growing, each year the plants will develop more.”

Anyone can take part in the project, however, Westrup says the museum would like people to contact them in advance for planning purposes. The plan is to have family names included on a board in each of the garden beds.

“We would like people to give us a bit of notice. All we need to know from people is the name they would like to be represented on the tree board that we’ll put up at the end of the event on each tree bed to say, ‘This family has been in Canada for 150 years and they came from the Ukraine.'” We’re trying to be organized about it,” said Westrup, who noted the museum wants to ensure that there is representation for all of the beds.

Westrup said that while the museum would like to have family names included people do have the option of planting anonymously.

“Family names do not have to be included, but the idea is to represent a family has come to Canada from somewhere. The purpose is to show people have come here from all over the world,” said Westrup, who himself came to Canada 10 years ago from Australia.

Westrup also said anyone can plant no matter how long their family has been in Canada for.

“The amount of time people have been in Revelstoke or Canada isn’t really a factor. Canada is made up of older families who have been here for generations and generations and newer arrivals,” he said.

The Canada 150 Tree Plant takes place during the entire month of September leading up to National Tree Day on Sept. 27. To take part in the event email info@bcforestrymuseum.ca

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Melissa Jameson
Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at melissa@revelstokemountaineer.com