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BC Government: Forest improvement projects receive almost $3.4 million

Press Release

April 4, 2019

VANCOUVER – The Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. is providing nearly $3.4 million to support a range of projects to improve unproductive forests or forests that have been damaged by wildfires or pests.

Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, announced the new funding at the BC Council of Forest Industries convention in Vancouver.

“Our government is committed to ensuring that our forests remain healthy and that British Columbians and their communities benefit from a strong and resilient forestry sector,” said Donaldson. “Projects funded by the society have generated over $230 million in economic activity and supported 1,400 jobs in B.C.”

The individual grants range from $150,000 to $1 million and cover eight different projects in British Columbia (see backgrounder for details about the work that will be done). They will bring damaged forests back into production to contribute to the mid-term timber supply and support future employment. The successful projects were selected from 20 applications received during the society’s fifth intake of proposals.

Damaged stands have generally been impacted by wildfire, forest pests or other factors such as wind, snow or ice. Low-value stands generally contain lower volumes of wood and lower-grade fibre. However, the growth and value of underperforming stands can be improved through activities such as spacing, pruning and fertilization.

Additional funding applications related to other aspects of forest enhancement are currently being evaluated by the society.

Projects funded by the society are helping minimize wildfire risks, enhance wildlife habitat, improve low-value and damaged forests, re-plant damaged forests and make fibre for green energy production. Most of these projects also result in carbon benefits and contribute to climate change mitigation.

Quotes:

Wayne Clogg, board chair, Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. —

“These eight projects were chosen because they all met criteria outlined in the society’s objectives and they aligned with the ministry’s land manager priorities for forestry projects. Wildlife habitat is being enhanced to benefit vulnerable species, and more strategic utilization of our forest fibre means we are helping British Columbia and Canada achieve positive climate benefits.”

Kim Haworth, general manager, Terrace Community Forest —

“The Terrace Community Forest applied for this funding to offset some of the harvesting costs and allow us to provide more volume to the local sawmill — creating local jobs while improving wildlife habitat across the landscape. The lower-grade fibre is also expected to be used to produce wood pellets at the local sawmill, creating more local jobs and utilizing what historically has been treated as wood waste.”

Quick Facts:

  • The Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia, a Crown agency, was established in 2016 to advance the environmental and resource stewardship of the province’s forests by:
    • preventing and mitigating the impact of wildfires;
    • improving damaged or low-value forests;
    • improving habitat for wildlife;
    • supporting the use of fibre from damaged and low-value forests; and
    • treating forests to improve the management of greenhouse gases.
  • As of April 2019, the B.C. government has invested $235 million in the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C., with about $177 million allocated to date for wildfire risk reduction, reforestation, forest rehabilitation, wildlife habitat restoration and raising awareness of the FireSmart program.
  • The Forest Carbon Initiative is funded in part through the federal government’s Low Carbon Economy Fund. This initiative assists with B.C. government priorities, such as:
    • revitalizing the forest sector;
    • partnering with First Nations;
    • supporting the Province’s CleanBC commitment to transition to a low-carbon economy; and
    • providing economic benefits for rural communities.

Learn More:

More information about the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. is available online: http://www.fesbc.ca

A backgrounder follows.

Contacts:Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
250 356-7506

Steve Kozuki
Executive Director
Forest Enhancement Society of B.C.
[email protected]
778 765-0938

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BACKGROUNDER

Funding of almost $3.4M supports forest enhancement projects

The Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia has approved the allocation of approximately $3.4 million to support eight projects aimed at improving low-value forests or damaged forests.

Funding for these projects will be distributed as follows:

  • $1 million to the Cheslatta Carrier Nation for the rehabilitation of forests heavily damaged by wildfires (Burns Lake)
  • $250,000 to the Cheslatta Carrier Nation for the rehabilitation of forests moderately damaged by wildfires (Burns Lake)
  • $450,000 to the Coast Mountains Natural Resource District to increase spacing and growth rates in second-growth stands (Terrace)
  • $202,027 to Terrace Community Forest LLP for the implementation of silviculture strategy and treatments (Terrace)
  • $352,335 to Norbord Inc. to recover wood fibre from low-value stands for the manufacture of oriented strand board (100 Mile House)
  • $537,897 to Taan Forest Products for the restoration of riparian areas (Haida Gwaii)
  • $450,000 to Taan Forest Products for tree spacing and pruning (Haida Gwaii)
  • $150,000 to Taan Forest Products for fertilization (Haida Gwaii)

Contacts:

Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
250 356-7506

Steve Kozuki
Executive Director
Forest Enhancement Society of B.C.
[email protected]
778 765-0938

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