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BC Gets Tough on Mountain Pine Beetle


May 23, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Federal Government is boosting spread-control funding for the Mountain Pine beetle in British Columbia and inve…

The Federal Government is boosting spread-control funding for the Mountain Pine beetle in British Columbia and investing in three local projects at the University of Northern British Columbia.

The funds total roughly $2.3 million, $822,000 of which will be directed toward three projects at UNBC as part of the Community Economic Diversification Initiative (CEDI). Additionally, the Province of British Columbia will receive $1.5 million, under the federal Mountain Pine Beetle Program, to bolster spread-control efforts on the western slopes of the southern Rockies and in the North Peace River area.

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“The projects at UNBC will help identify opportunities to better use forestry products and assess the use of renewable energy at the university, which will help to ensure the local economy continues to prosper,” said Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George. “The additional investment towards spread control will help the province of B.C. fight the spread of the Mountain Pine Beetle.”


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