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Photo: City Manager Dianne Hunter (left) and Acting Mayor Larry Evans unveil the 2009 Forest Capital of BC Commemorative Rock on Monday morning – Christine Rumleskie/

City officials gathered at the Fish Creek Community Forest on Monday morning, to celebrate the first day of Forest Week.

Acting Mayor Larry Evans and City Manager Dianne Hunter kicked the week off by unveiling the 2009 Forest Capital of BC Commemorative Rock.

Evans says the Forest Capital title is bringing recognition that Fort St. John isn’t only an oil and gas-based city.

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The engraved boulder stands behind the Northern Lights College, at the base of the trailhead.

Evans says the location was chosen to recognize the strong forestry industry in the region.

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Fort St. John was named 2009 Forest Capital of B.C. earlier this year by the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals. The local forest industry directly employs more than 700 people and contributes over $98 million per year to the local economy.

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