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Candidates to face-off over forestry

Pine beetle infestations have wiped out thousands of trees in B.C., and is one of the driving concerns of groups organizing a town hall forum on forestry.
March 01, 2013 - 11:02 AM

By Jennifer Stahn

Forestry is the first item on the agenda for candidates in the May 2013 provincial election as members of industry groups have organized a town hall forum for March 6 at Thompson Rivers University.

Coastal and Southern Interior Silviculture Committees and the Canadian Institute of Forestry are concerned over the future the forestry industry in British Columbia due to recent events such as the mountain pine beetle infestation, climate change and market conditions. The organizations would like to see old policies examined and new ones put in place to better outline forest management.

The groups have joined forces to host a town hall forum on forest management, with investment, land management and land use planning set as planned topics of discussion. People unable to attend can participate through the TRU livestream channel or can submit questions prior to the event through Twitter, Facebook and by email. For those able to attend in person the forum will take place at TRU in the Irving K. Barber Theatre, House of Learning building from 1 to 3 p.m.

As of Thursday afternoon only four candidates have confirmed attendance; the B.C. Conservatives will be represented by Tom Birch, Shuswap, the NDP by Tom Friedman of Kamloops-North Thompson, the Green Party by Chris George, Shuswap, and Bob Simpson, an independent MLA from Cariboo-North. Each party will be given an equal amount of time to address both the prepared questions and questions from the floor.

To contact the reporter for this story, email or call (250) 819-3723.

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