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Campaign trail hot on Mountain Pine Beetle’s track


September 15, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Election mode may fare well for Canada’s forest industry and not so well for its Mountain Pine Beetle. The Liberals…

Election mode may fare well for Canada’s forest industry and not so well for its Mountain Pine Beetle. The Liberals, if elected, say they will pour $250 million over four years to stop the spread of the beetle, a recent report by the Globe and Mail confirmed.

“The Federal government must respond with a clear commitment to tackling this devastation so that our forest industry and our communities can thrive,” the Globe reported former cabinet minister Ujjal Dosanjh as saying. The investment would be part of a wider strategy designed to address the sustainability of the forestry sector in Canada.

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The $250 million would support homeowners with trees infested by the beetle in removing them, in addition to creating fire protection plans and buffer zones for First Nations Communities that have been affected by the beetle, the Globe reported.

The Liberals have also pledged to have a national forestry summit that would bring together industry, unions, communities, First Nations and municipal, provincial and federal governments, in order to develop a national forestry strategy.


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