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.