Ontario invests $40M in multi-year pest management program
By Ellen Cools
The Ontario government has pledged more than $40 million for a multi-year pest management program to protect public forests from the jack pine and spruce budworm.
According to a government press release, the funds will come from Ontario’s Forestry Futures Trust.
“Ontario is a world leader in sustainable forest management, and our forest sector is a major source of revenue and jobs in this province, so it is critical we ensure that our forests are healthy, diverse and productive,” said John Yakabuski, Ontario minister of natural resources and forestry, in a statement. “Protecting Ontario’s forests from harmful pests is one way our government will ensure that we keep Ontario’s forest sector strong.”
The program will start in spring 2021.