World Forestry Day.

Today is World Forestry Day (WFD) which was proclaimed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation over 50 years ago in 1971.

It was set down for 21 March each year to coincide with the vernal equinox when the sun passes over the equator giving equal lengths of day and night.

It also marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn down under.

For many years Forests Management staff celebrated by staging a diverse and innovative range of community events.

Sadly, the occasion has become a bit lost and forgotten in amongst a modern and cluttered calendar full of sometimes bizarre commemorative days complete with different coloured ribbons for this-n-that.

WFD was rebadged “International Day of Forests” by the UN in 2012 but still recognises the essential importance of our forests.

Poster: The Tallest Trees in the British Empire. Marysville, Victoria. By Percy Trompf (1936). Australian National Travel Association. National Library of Australia.

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