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article imageBritish Columbia Sets Up Forestry Roundtable

By Bob Ewing     Jan 20, 2008 in Business
The province of British Columbia has announced the creation of a forestry industry roundtable. The round table review all areas of the industry and report quarterly to cabinet on ways to expedite improvements.
The Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell has announced that British Columbia is planning to establish a working roundtable on the forestry industry.
According to the CBC report the roundtable is in response to the serious challenges and permanent changes that are facing the forestry industry.
"Global warming, the pine beetle epidemic and increasing economic pressures are the kinds of challenges the Working Roundtable on Forestry will address," Gordon Campbell said during the 65th annual Truck Loggers Association convention in Vancouver.
The function of the roundtable is to review all areas of the industry and report quarterly to cabinet on ways to expedite improvements.
The roundtable will be chaired by Forests Minister Rich Coleman and the other members will be announces at a later date.
"We are allocating $1 million to this process from the outset. It will be thorough; it will be effective," Campbell said.
Not everyone is pleased with this approach.
"Why didn't he [Campbell] announce today what communities will be given in support as their mills close and as their property values decline?" Bob Simpson, the Opposition New Democrats' forestry critic said.
"We should have had specifics today instead of generalities and rhetoric like we got."
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