$150 Million for Reforestation
Prince George, B.C.- Premier Christy Clark made a stop in Prince George this afternoon to announce the Province is pumping $150 million dollars into a program to replant B.C.’s forests.
The money is a one time cash injection and is expected to result in the planting of tens of millions of seedlings as well as create 3,000 jobs.
The money will be transferred to the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia which will distribute the funds to projects that will be targeted towards wildfire reduction and enhancing forests that have been damaged by pests like the mountain pine beetle and treating forests for the management of greenhouse gases.
Premier Clark says the Province will be investing over $800 million dollars over the next decade in B.C. Forests “I think of that as $800 million dollars we are investing in climate change but also, just as importantly, $800 million dollars that we are investing in working people in British Columbia.”
She says over that ten year period, the dollars will create 20 thousand jobs, mostly in northern and rural B.C. “It will also represent a reduction of 11.7 mega tonnes of greenhouse gases. Just to put that in context, 11.7 mega tonnes of greenhouse gasses is more than the total of all the cars, all the trucks, all the planes and all the motorcycles in this country.”
“This new funding will be used to fund high stewardship projects around the province” says Jim Snetsinger, former Chief Forester of B.C. and now head of the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C.