Council Says Yes to Forestry Resolution
Prince George, B.C – With the softwood lumber agreement having expired, and the resulting tariffs and duties levied on forestry companies, Council for the City of Prince George has approved a special resolution.
The resolution comes from Councillor Frank Everitt, who wants to see forestry communities and workers to speak up about the importance of the industry “In the past communities were not involved in the process, the province wasn’t involved in the process , it was just the federal government.”
He suggests people speak up whenever and wherever possible including in Washington “Absolutely! Its about people and we want them to understand in the (Forestry) Ministry in our community and throughout northern British Columbia so we start here and get the message out here then we move to other areas of the province.” He says it’s important for people who work in the industry to speak about the importance of forestry and its impact on local economies.
Councillor Garth Frizzell noted forestry is in crisis, with no softwood lumber agreement, reductions in the annual allowable cut, and current forest fires “What’s going to happen after that(the fires)?
Mayor Lyn Hall says it is a great initiative, “It supports our national negotiating team.”