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Forest road improvements a key part of battling beetle infestation

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- As part of the Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan, the B.C. government is spending $20.7 milli...


PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — As part of the Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan, the B.C. government is spending $20.7 million to upgrade and maintain forest service roads in the Northern and Southern Interior Forest Regions.

“Forest worker safety is paramount, and these road upgrades will help ensure we can safely accommodate more logging trucks on forest service roads,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Forests and Range.

As a result of increased logging in mountain pine beetle infested areas, an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 additional logging trucks will travel over forest service roads each year. The funding will be distributed over the next three years to upgrade and maintain forest service roads. The projects will include resurfacing and road widening, upgrading bridges and improving safety at problem intersections.

“Local forest companies are rising to the challenge as we wage a war on the mountain pine beetle,” said John Rustad, MLA for Prince George-Omineca. “Our road infrastructure plays an integral part, and this funding will ensure logs are removed out of infested areas safely and efficiently.”

Maintaining high safety standards to protect forest workers and public safety is a key objective of the provincial Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan. For more information, visit www.gov.bc.ca/pinebeetle.


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