Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 Forest Capital of BC - Mount Waddington

This was a news release from the BC government about a month ago, naming Mount Waddington the Forest Capital of BC for 2010.

Congratulations to Mount Waddington!


VICTORIA – Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell congratulated the Regional District of Mount Waddington for being designated the 2010 Forest Capital of B.C.

“Our forests play an important role in B.C.’s economy, culture, and history,” said Bell. “This designation provides an exciting opportunity for residents to celebrate the significant contributions forests make to the Mount Waddington community and the province as a whole.”

The Association of BC Forest Professionals administers the Forest Capital program, established in 1988, and selects one community to be the Forest Capital of B.C. for an entire year. This is the first time in 14 years a Vancouver Island community was chosen as B.C.’s forest capital.

The 2010 Forest Capital of B.C. Organizing Committee is made up of representatives of Mount Waddington’s forest industry, forestry consultants, Ministry of Forests and Range staff and municipal government leaders.

“It’s amazing how much community support and pride was demonstrated in the Organizing Committee’s proposal to the Forest Capital program,” said Bell. “Congratulations to you all.”

The Regional District of Mount Waddington (RDMW) will host a variety of forest-themed events such as parades, art shows, interpretive trail walks and a film festival. Also watch for a weekly forestry article in the North Island Gazette.

The RDMW encompasses the northern third of Vancouver Island – from Woss to Port Hardy – and a large area of the adjacent mainland with a population of approximately 12,000 people. The RDMW is one of the most important timber producing areas in Canada, as well as home to one of the few specialty cellulose mills in North America.