The projects that the crews take part in are based on 3 core elements and are an important part of the JFR program as a whole.
The 3 core elements are:
- Traditional ecological knowledge
- To improve current land and public space use for future generations
- To promote various career and education opportunities
- To provide Junior Forest Rangers with the opportunity to learn about land, air, water, biodiversity, land management, trees, species at risk, water and air quality, hunting, trapping, fishing, recreation impacts, permaculture, and agriculture
- To provide Alberta Junior Forest Rangers the chance to explore environmental literacy through environmental studies, current affairs and educational tools
- Provide opportunities to meet natural resource professionals and visit their work sites
- To develop successful communication, leadership and group skills
- To encourage safe work practices, the value of physical activity and other life skills
- To promote personal development, interpersonal development and leadership skills
Traditional Ecological Knowledge
- To engage and explore traditional practices, history and land uses from Elders and community leaders, including traditional medicine harvesting, ceremonies and protocols
- To appreciate the value of this knowledge as it relates to natural resource management
The JFR summers are planned and organized by our Crew Leaders and Sub Leaders, with the help of each location’s forestry staff.
The summer is full of work projects where members gain experience.
70% of the projects are physical, hands-on projects:
- Recreation trail construction
- Invasive species removal
- Canoe certification
- ATV certification
- FireSmart projects (thinning trees and brush)
- Mountain pine beetle traps
- Wildlife research: bird banding
- Wildlife habitat construction
- Tree planting
- Wildfire crew training: pumps, hoses, fitness testing
- Seed collecting
Physical Video: https://youtu.be/llSwGwfEUuQ
30% of the projects are more education based.
- Day with a Fish and Wildlife Officer
- Hunters Education
- Wildfire Investigator presentation
- Helicopter ride
- Tanker base tour
- Fish hatchery tour
- Lumber mill tour
- Cut block tour
Education Video: https://youtu.be/DESUjcOKIyQ
The core elements are taken into consideration when these projects are being planned. Our Crew Leaders and Sub Leaders must network with professionals in local organizations, industry, and different government branches to design a summer calendar that is full of challenging, educational and meaningful projects.