Special committee on timber supply opens consultations

The BC Legislature’s Special Committee on Timber Supply has meetings in at least three nearby communities

The BC Legislature’s Special Committee on Timber Supply has meetings in at least three nearby communities as it investigates and make recommendations to address the loss of mid-term timber supply in the central Interior due to the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

The committee met in Valemount and McBride on June 22, and will meet in 100 Mile House on July 5, and Kamloops on July 12.

A discussion paper available online outlines options for increasing the timber supply.

“We plan to visit 15 communities and hold meetings in Vancouver to find out which options First Nations, local governments, the public and stakeholders prefer,” said committee chair John Rustad.

“We are hoping to learn from communities what values and local knowledge should be considered when making recommendations about the mid-term timber supply,” added Norm Macdonald, deputy chair.

To register, please contact committee staff by phone, 1 877 428-8337, or by email: timbercommittee@leg.bc.ca

British Columbians can also participate by sending the committee a written submission, or video or audio file.

For more information on the consultation, and to view the committee’s discussion paper, please visit the committee’s website at: www.leg.bc.ca/timbercommittee

 

The call for public input closes on Friday, July 20, 2012, and the committee is required to release its report by Aug. 15.