Coldstream boy takes top honours in art contest

Hundreds of children got out their crayons and pencils to show what the forest means to them.

The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) were thrilled with the creative pictures entered in their art contest. Nine children (three in each of three age groups) emerged as winners of the National Forest Week contest held by these two organizations.

Seven-year-old Leif Richter of Coldstream was one of two honourable mentions in the six to eight-year-old category with a four-part picture that shows everything from mountain biking and harvesting trees to a waterfall and animals living in the forest.

The art contest, now in its seventh year, is launched during National Forest Week as a way to help children learn about and celebrate the forests.

“We love seeing the children’s pictures,” says Brenda Martin, director of communications for the TLA. “The kids have such a unique view of the forests.”

Amanda Brittain, director of communications for the ABCFP, concurs: “This year’s winners include children who saw the forest as places for their parents to work; somewhere for them to play; and as homes for wildlife.”

Visit the ABCFP or TLA websites to view the winning entries: and