Enhanced Wood Salvage Program Announced

Department of Natural Resources

December 8, 2004 12:47 PM

The province announced an enhanced wood salvage program for
landowners within the Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle restricted
zone during a meeting on Dec. 7 at the Lawrencetown Community
Centre in Lawrencetown, Halifax Regional Municipality.

"The aim of the program is to salvage areas where damage is most
extensive, to reduce public safety risks, all the while
supporting efforts to contain and eradicate the beetle," said
Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources.

The program will offset extraordinary costs that are incurred by
private operators willing and authorized to work inside the
restricted zone, up to a total of $1 million.

The Department of Natural Resources is currently finalizing
contracts with Neenah Paper and the Association of Sustainable
Forestry. Neenah Paper is now authorized by the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency (CFIA) to work within the restricted zone and
has agreed to produce chips for pulpwood. The Association of
Sustainable Forestry will receive, assess, and prioritize program
applications from private landowners on behalf of the province.

The province is also working with Barrett Enterprises and other
operations that are in the process of securing CFIA approvals to
also operate within the restricted zone.

"We will continue to work with our partners at Halifax Regional
Municipality, CFIA and the industry to ensure the issue is
resolved successfully," said Mr. Hurlburt.

More details will be announced after program components are
finalized.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The province has announced an enhanced wood salvage program

for landowners within the Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle restricted

zone.

     The announcement was made during a meeting on December 7th

at the Lawrencetown Community Centre.

     The program will offset extraordinary costs incurred by

private operators willing and authorized to work inside the

restricted zone, up to a total of one-million dollars.

     According to Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt,

the aim of the program is to salvage areas where damage is most

extensive and reduce public safety risks while supporting

efforts to contain and eradicate the beetle.

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Contact: Mary Anna Jollymore
         Department of Natural Resources
         902-424-2354
         E-mail: jollymmt@gov.ns.ca

jal         December 8, 2004         12:46 P.M.