Forest Enhancement Funds Announced

Kathy Brookes

Forests Minister Doug Donaldson has announced 3.4 million dollars for eight projects in northern B.C. aimed at improving low-value and damaged forests.

In the Terrace area -- $450,000 goes to the Coast Mountains Natural Resource District to increase spacing and growth rates in second-growth stands. And the Terrace Community Forest will receive over $200,000 for silvaculture and treatments.

General Manager Kim Haworth says it will help the community forest provide more volume to the local sawmill -- creating jobs -- and also improving wildlife habitat.

They expect lower-grade fibre will also be turned into wood pellets.

Meanwhile -- on Haida Gwaii -- Taan Forest Products is getting more than a million dollars to restore riparian areas, fertilize, space and prune young trees.

And near Burns Lake, the Cheslatta Carrier Nation will use $1.2 million to rehabilitate forests damaged by wildfires.

The money comes from the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. -- a Crown agency -- set up in 2016 to advance environmental and resource stewardship.

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