Reforestation Milestone Celebrated
Prince George, B.C. – A reforestation milestone was marked at the Central British Columbia Railway and Forestry Museum Thursday.
Local politicians, First Nations leaders, captains of business and members of the public gathered to celebrate the planting of the one-billionth tree in the Prince George Natural Resource District since planting began in the area in 1959.
Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond marked the occasion by reminding everyone how important silviculture and tree-planting has been for our economy.
“Nearly 42,000 person days of work and approximately $9.5 million dollars in GDP are generated locally every year by tree-planting and silviculture work so that is incredibly important to the economy of our province.”
She also said B.C. continues to be a leader in sustainable forest management with more than 52 million hectares certified in one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards.
“It is more than any other jurisdiction in the world apart from when you look at Canada as a whole. So B.C. is doing a pretty remarkable job when it comes to sustainability.”
“B.C. leads the world in a number of things, but forestry and forest technology is something we excel in,” added Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris. “My hats off to all the men and women who work in the silviculture industry in this province.”
Province wide, the seven-billionth tree was planted in Maple Ride in 2013. The eight-billionth tree is on track to be planted in 2018.