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Funding for beetle goes south


April 10, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A total of $50,000 is being directed to a Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan.

A total of $50,000 is being directed to a Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan.

Noting that the problem is not strictly relegated to the northern part of the province, the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada are funding the establishment of a group that will help mitigate the economic impact of the beetle in the sourthern Interior of BC.

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As part of our Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan, were providing funding and support for economic development strategies designed by communities, the Honourable Rich Coleman, Minister of Forests and Range said. This $50,000 is seed money for setting up a Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition similar to those already at work in the northern regions.

The funding will help identify beetle-related issues and concerns for communities, regional districts and First Nations in the southern Interior, and will assess the epidemics potential social and economic impacts on the region. With the results of these analyses, the southern Interior group will prepare a business plan for further funding consideration.

We are taking immediate action with our provincial partners to control the spread of the beetle, Minister of Natural Resources Gary Lunn said. Our government is also focusing on the economic infrastructure of communities that have been affected by the infestation. We are committed to new initiatives that will help modernize and rebuild areas in the southern Interior and across the province.


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