City of Powell River Council has approved $957,530.50 to be withdrawn from the Powell River Community Forest reserve fund to be distributed to 18 different projects. …For the spring 2020 allocation, community forest president Greg Hemphill appeared without the grant recipients in the era of social distancing. He said with the larger dividends of the past few years, the community forest has planned separate spring and fall allocations. He added that normally, community forest announces spring grants and disburses the majority of funds then, but with the uncertainty going forward, the community forest board’s feeling is that it will make the majority of funds available in the fall. “Directors would normally be the first ones to say, ‘let’s get this money in the community, let’s get it working,’ but, with COVID-19, there is a level of uncertainty on what restrictions there will be and how that will affect different projects,” said Hemphill.
Powell River Community Forest president Greg Hemphill announced the $2.8 million 2019 dividend from forest operations at the City of Powell River Council meeting on June 4, 2020
By Paul Galinski