Candidates to talk forestry

Provincial candidates will address forest management at a town hall forum at TRU today, March 6.

By Jennifer Stahn

This afternoon, Wednesday, March 6, local party candidates will tackle the questions of forestry groups at a town hall forum at Thompson Rivers University.

Coastal and Southern Interior Silviculture Committees and the Canadian Institute of Forestry are concerned over the future of the forestry industry in British Columbia due to events like 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 1-3 p.m.

Each party was invited to have a representative on the panel and 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. A couple of other candidates had confirmed they would be in attendance, though the Liberal party had yet to confirm a representative.

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

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