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$150-million reforestation investment will help fight climate change, create more rural jobs

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Office of the Premier

$150-million reforestation investment will help fight climate change, create more rural jobs

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Stephen Smart
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
778 389-6202
Vivian Thomas
Communications Director
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-2475
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Contacts
Stephen Smart
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
778 389-6202
Vivian Thomas
Communications Director
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 356-2475

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What is being said about the increased investment in British Columbia’s forests

John Betts, executive director, Western Forestry Contractors Association –

“This firm funding is good news for the forestry contracting sector, in that it will create meaningful and ongoing employment for our members. This investment creates certainty for the small business owners that comprise our sector and, of course, this investment is also good news for our forests – especially those in the Interior that have been damaged by the mountain pine beetle.”

Christine Gelowitz, CEO, Association of B.C. Forest Professionals –

“On behalf of the Province’s 5,300 forest professionals, I applaud the government’s additional investment in the stewardship of our forests. We have an excellent forest management track record in B.C. and additional investments like this will build stronger forests that will withstand the effects of climate change and benefit future generations. Healthy, growing forests sustainably managed by B.C.’s forest professionals are a win for both our environment and our economy.”

Rick Jeffery, president and CEO, Coast Forest Products Association –

“Today’s funding commitment recognizes the important role that reforestation plays in advancing climate change goals, and acts directly on recommended actions in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competitiveness Agenda for British Columbia’s Forest Sector. We know that healthy, resilient forests are foundational to the forest sector.”

Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO, Council of Forest Industries –

“This investment will rehabilitate and replant hundreds and thousands of hectares of public lands impacted by the mountain pine beetle and wildfire. This funding will augment the work that industry undertakes to reforest every hectare of land that is harvested.”

Ross Peck, chair, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation –

“The Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. is partnering with the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to fund conservation projects and restore habitat in forested areas. The foundation would welcome the opportunity to help invest additional funds in projects that will have lasting benefits for British Columbia’s wildlife.”

David Elstone, executive director, Truck Loggers Association –

“Investing in a healthy forest for tomorrow also ensures jobs in B.C.’s rural communities. TLA members live and work in these communities and they appreciate the government making this investment in our renewable resource to ensure we can all share in the prosperity of B.C.’s working forest.”

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