A new partnership totalling $200,000 will assist community forests and small woodlot licence holders to identify new business opportunities.
Small wood lot licensees between McBride and Barriere will be one of the areas to benefit from this project which focuses on improving fibre utilization, facilitating collaboration and business relationships, developing new markets and business opportunities and fostering information sharing.
During the recent McBride – Barriere Regional Economic Investment Pilot, the consultations recognized that if community forests and woodlots could increase their collaboration on a sub-regional scale, they could benefit from several synergies and increased economies of scale.
The project includes $60,000 each from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC), the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition and $10,000 each from the BC Community Forests Association, and the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations. The project will be managed by SIBAC on behalf of the other project partners.