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British Columbia announces $19 million in funding to the Ministry of Forests to fight climate change

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s forestry minister says the two sides on the issue of historic logging in the province are so polarized they “can’t see the forest for the trees.”

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s forestry minister says the two sides on the issue of historic logging in the province are so polarized they “can’t see the forest for the trees.”

Katrine Conroy told BC Council of Forest Industries conference attendees that while ancient logging has recently sparked heated public debate, she believes most residents’ opinions fall somewhere in the middle of the extremes. .

Conroy says the province is implementing a strategic review of the management of old-growth forests in British Columbia and working with First Nations and other partners to develop a new long-term strategy.

She also told the crowd that low-carbon forest products are essential in the global fight against climate change.

It comes as the government announced it was spending $19 million over three years to increase the carbon stored in British Columbia’s forests.

The Forestry Department says $15 million of the funds will be used to fertilize about 8,500 hectares of forest to increase growth rates and extend the life of trees so they can store carbon.

Conroy says the plan will lead to a reduction of 3.7 million tonnes of emissions by 2030.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 28, 2022.

The Canadian Press