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West Coast Forestry Program Launched


May 15, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A new program designed to help the west coast rejuvenate from a faltering forestry industry has been created. May 9…

A new program designed to help the west coast rejuvenate from a faltering forestry industry has been created. May 9 marked the official launch of the Clayoquot Forest Communities Program, in Tofino, BC.

The program was provided with $1.47 million from Gary Lunn, federal minister of Natural Resources, in an attempt to create economic diversification, and the creation of sustainable jobs, Westerly News reported. The news source further confirmed that only 11 comparable programs exist in Canada.

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The Clayoquot program is a partnership shared by Ecotrust Canada and the Central Region Board. First Nations groups and the districts of Tofino and Ucluelet are also included.

The program will seek out and provide funding for projects that serve to add diversification to the local economy, by encouraging new business opportunities, the Westerly News confirmed.


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