Forestry is a major part of the history and economy in the Woodlands County area and one of the greatest ways to learn about the industry is by visiting the E. S. Huestis Demonstration Forest. Located just minutes from Whitecourt (13 km southwest on Highway 32), it provides a 10-square km forest area that shows how a forest can sustain recreation, wildlife habitat and resource harvesting over an extended period of time. This would be the perfect outing for individuals who are passionate about the environment, or for those with a general interest in the forestry practices that have shaped the Woodlands County region and the province of Alberta. A 7 km trail (one-way) will guide you through the forest where you will learn something new at each of the 26 interpretive signs. You can walk, run, bike or drive the trail.

Tours are offered between May and August.

Call Shannon Stambaugh, Acting Public Information and Web Services Officer Woodlands Area, SRD at 780 778 7273 or e-mail: shannon.stambaugh@gov.ab.ca for more information.