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Federal government invests $48K to support Acadia First Nations’ forestry operations


May 6, 2021
By Ellen Cools

The federal government today announced $48,000 in funding for Acadia First Nation, in Nova Scotia. The funding will help the Nation create a standing timber inventory to track current and future sales of hardwood, softwood and value-added, and purchase a firewood processor to optimize the community’s firewood production.

According to a government press release, the investment will also help Acadia First Nation “build capacity and support the transfer of knowledge through their forest management plan and understanding of potential sales of timber in their woodlot.”

The funding comes from Natural Resources Canada’s Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) program.

“The activities supported under Natural Resources Canada’s Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) program will assist Acadia First Nation’s strategic management decisions in enhancing economic return from harvesting while promoting the concept of Netukulimk — achieving adequate standards of community nutrition and economic well-being without jeopardizing the integrity, diversity or productivity of our environment and enhancing forest health,” said Jeff Purdy, councillor, Acadia First Nation.

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