Submitted by George LaBrash
During the weekend of April 12-15 all roads will be leading to Vanderhoof for the 6th annual convention of the B.C. Trappers Association.
This marks the third occasion when the Fort Fraser and District Trappers have hosted the convention here in this community. The A.W. Mooney auditorium at NVSS high school will be the main centre of activity for most of the convention proceedings. At this time we anticipate the arrival of approximately 300 visitors for this gathering.
Each year a trapper must double his/her knowledge, otherwise they are not really trapping. The convention setting provides a great opportunity for trappers to reach that knowledge quota. Much of the first two days of the convention agenda is made up of variety of formal presentations, scientific reports, panel discussions and the ever popular hands-on demonstrations.
The convention theme for this year is “The fur industry in the 21st century”.
Many of the presenters will examine the fur industry from this perspective and provide insights into the sustainability and growth potential of this resource sector.
As the convention will take place at NVSS we intend to involve interested students in some of the scientific presentations and technical demonstrations. Again this year we will extend an invitation to individuals from the non-trapping community who wish to join us for some of the proceedings.
More information about the agenda schedule will be forthcoming in the media as we approach the convention date.