Ottawa announces forest sector investment in Prince George

By Greg Fry / CKPG Today
January 23, 2019 - 2:11pm

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Canada's federal minister of natural resources made a funding announcement at today's Natural Resources forum in Prince George.

Amarjeet Sohi announced close to $600,000 for three Indigenous forestry projects in BC, including $475,000 to support an Indigenous bioheat project in Tsay Keh Dene Nation.

Once completed, this project would be among the first of its kind to heat and power an Indigenous community in the province.

The feds also earmarked close to $65,000 for the Witset First Nation to support equipment upgrades, help train workers and enable new developments at the Kyahwood Forest Products facility located in Witset.

And the Tzah Tez Tlee Development Corporation in Fort Babine received $50,000 to help launch a feasibility study on a biomass heating system using excess wood residues from the mill to reduce the community's reliance on diesel and help it transition to a low-carbon economy.

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