The provincial government is pouring $150 million into support for reforestation efforts in British Columbia. Premier Christy Clark made the announcement today in Prince George.
Clark says the money will be given to the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, an independent organization which focuses on reforestation initiatives. And it will also support the government’s Climate Leadership Plan. “This is an investment in our forests, in B.C.’s rural communities – and the world’s clean air,” said Premier Clark.
The money is expected to lead to the creation of more than 3,000 new jobs with the planting of tens of millions of trees in beetle ravaged forests across the province. “The rehabilitation and reforestation of damaged forest stands will provide significant greenhouse gas benefits and increase the use of low-quality fibre,” said Jim Snetsinger the vice-chair of the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia.
“Since 2005, we’ve invested over $445 million in reforestation through Forests for Tomorrow,” said Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. The funds will build on existing programs within his Ministry and support the government’s Forest Carbon Initiative. He added, “today’s funding will build on those efforts and ensure our children can enjoy the environmental and economic benefits we enjoy from our forests.”
The government claims its Climate Leadership Plan, will lead to an annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of up to 11.7 million tonnes by 2050 meeting both provincial and federal targets.