250 reasons why BC’s forests are better today: FESBC
March 9, 2020 By The Forest Enhancement Society of BC
Work done to enhance and protect B.C.’s forests is critical. Environmentally for wildlife, greenhouse gas reduction, and responsible land stewardship for future generations; economically for workers and communities to thrive; and socially for people to enjoy and explore this important asset.
The Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) was established to advance environmental and resource stewardship of the province’s forests. Since 2016, the Society has worked with community forests, First Nations, regional districts, municipalities, provincial government agencies, and the forest industry to enhance and protect B.C.’s forests.
The B.C. government has invested $235 million in FESBC with $233 million allocated as of January 2020 for 250 projects related to greenhouse gas reduction, wildfire risk reduction, reforestation, forest rehabilitation, wildlife habitat restoration, and for raising awareness of the FireSmart program.
FESBC’s work improves forests while at the same time supports forestry workers, communities, and First Nations throughout the province. The economic benefits generated by FESBC programs greatly exceed the costs of running them and the projects funded so far will create over $357 million in economic activity and over 2,100 full-time-equivalent jobs in B.C.
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