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New wood policy announced

A new policy regarding an important building material has been announced today.
A new policy regarding an important building material has been announced today.

Further information is included in the following news released issued today by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources:
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The Ontario government is supporting a strong northern economy and stable communities through a new resource development strategy that takes a balanced approach to managing Ontario’s future wood supply, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today.

“I am delighted to see the forest industry and the environmental community working with us to ensure a continuous and predictable supply of wood,” said Ramsay.

“Our provincial strategy on wood supply is an important step toward ensuring a strong and sustainable forest industry, prosperous northern communities and a healthy environment.”

The new strategy compares supply predictions across northern and central Ontario to present levels of industrial use, and identifies wood supply issues and challenges.

The strategy prescribes a range of actions to manage Ontario’s wood supply involving the Ministry of Natural Resources, the forest industry, and forest management planning teams, which include local citizens and First Nations. Approaches to managing the wood supply include using more existing wood and enhancing silviculture.

“As part of the strategy, the ministry is investing more in forestry research and is currently working with the forest industry to utilize advanced inventory tools,” said Ramsay.

“By taking a proactive approach, we will strengthen local economies and communities, maintain a healthy natural environment and help build a high quality of life in northern Ontario.”

The Provincial Wood Supply Strategy is available at http://www.ontariosforests.mnr.gov.on.ca/publications.cfm#strategic

The Environmental Bill of Rights Registry decision notice on the Provincial Wood Supply Strategy is available at http://www.ene.gov.on.ca.