Sponsors: District of Tumbler Ridge
WHEREAS BC Stats (2008) indicate the destruction of 14.5 million hectares of BC’s Provincial forest by the pine beetle which will lead to the release of 990 million tonnes of CO2, five times that of annual emissions from all transportation in Canada;
WHEREAS using BC’s Pine Beetle infested wood to generate biomass energy will improve the local environment by clearing dead trees that would otherwise cause problems with soil erosion, habitat and the threat to communities from wild fires;
WHEREAS the use of biomass contributes to addressing global climate change, in accordance with the Kyoto Agreement;
WHEREAS the plantation of seedlings on harvested BC’s beetle infected forests will result in a healthy reforestation in the most expedient manner and lead to more jobs:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Ministry of Forests and Range and the provincial government to immediately implement effective policies which will allow for BC’s Pine Beetle infected wood to be utilized for bio-energy opportunities that will create new jobs; reduce BC’s carbon footprint; mitigate wild fire threat; and lead to the plantation of new healthy forests.