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January 18, 2008 16:00 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Government of Canada Announces Further Investments to Control the Mountain Pine Beetle in British Columbia

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2008) - The Honourable Jay Hill, Secretary of State and Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, today announced $6.5 million to assist with spread control of the mountain pine beetle in British Columbia. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources.

"Today's investment further demonstrates our government's commitment to fighting the northward and eastward spread of the mountain pine beetle into the boreal forest and across Canada," said Mr. Hill. "This funding will give the province of British Columbia greater capacity to deliver targeted control actions in priority infestation areas."

B.C. will receive $6.5 million in the 2007-08 fiscal year and will share an additional $2 million with the province of Alberta for the South Peace Region.

"We now have a critical window of opportunity to continue with targeted spread-control measures to further reduce beetle populations in areas at risk," said Mr. Hill. "The funding announced today will ensure resources are used effectively to slow the spread of the beetle infestation."

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has collaborated with the provincial ministries in Alberta and British Columbia to develop a Mountain Pine Beetle Risk Assessment to identify priority areas for spread-control activities.

This funding follows an earlier 2007 commitment to B.C. of $7.5 million for detection work to assist with the assessment and identification of priority areas.

In addition to this federal support for beetle control on provincial forest land, the federal government is also funding beetle control and habitat adjustment in the federal Rocky Mountain parks in both Alberta and British Columbia.

In January 2007, the Government of Canada announced the Mountain Pine Beetle Program, a $200-million investment to slow the eastward spread of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, to recover economic value from impacted forests and to protect forest resources and communities. To date, $46 million of the program has been invested in controlling the eastward spread. Today's announcement is another important step towards long-term economic sustainability for communities affected by the beetle.

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Member of Parliament Jay Hill today announced $6.5 million in funding for further mountain pine beetle spread-control efforts in British Columbia. This funding will assist with the implementation of measures to further enhance efforts to slow the eastward and northward spread of the mountain pine beetle.

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