Private and public funding essential for the decarbonization of forests – Quesnel Cariboo Observer

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In my opinion, one of the most important announcements of COP26 was made by Mark Carney, the former Governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England, who managed to get all the major Western banks on board. its Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) allowing it to announce the 130 trillion dollars of private capital intended for a significant decarbonization.

Access to funds is essential for decarbonization in provincial forest programs. For example, the Forest Enhancement Society of BC. (FESBC) has been very effective in supporting projects across the province that match its mandate. The Government of British Columbia invested $ 238 million in FESBC, of ​​which $ 237.6 million was allocated to 269 forest development projects in March 2021.

Here are a few examples: 10.4 million trees have been planted on approximately 8,800 hectares and the growth of 34.65 million additional seedlings to be planted in the coming years and to support the use of approximately 865,000 cubic meters. uneconomic residual fibers that would otherwise have been burnt.

Cariboo citizens are well aware of the many forest fire management activities around their communities that have made it possible to thin out and prune stands and send a large part of the residual materials to bioenergy plants or for the production of Pellets.

Another good example was described by Jim Stirling in the last Logging and Sawmilling Journal.

Seaton Forest Products is a company focused on using lower quality lumber, but it generates a host of high quality benefits.

This small sawmill located near Witset (Moricetown) in the Bulkley Valley region of west-central British Columbia provides local jobs while reducing the carbon footprint. Like all good entrepreneurs, the directors behind Seaton Forest Products hoped to find practical uses for regionally sourced fiber that no one else was using.

In the case of Kirsteen Laing (the administrator) and Andy Thompson (manager) with Seaton, they found it in dry, decadent balm form. The fiber type now comprises about 80 percent of their wood basket, with the remainder being dry pine and spruce.

The parched wood is riddled with cracks and checks. These flaws often translate into minimal returns for the large-scale lumber mills that dominate the interior of British Columbia. He was therefore left in the forest. But when made in cants (that is, six by six inches), the discarded lumber is in demand for the options it presents to sectors of the building material market in China.

Seaton Forest Products’ ability to turn “wasted” wood into viable products, reduce carbon emissions, and create jobs primarily for Aboriginal workers has sparked the interest of the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC). FESBC, with support from the federal government, invested $ 2.5 million in Seaton Forest Products in 2018 to support a three-and-a-half-year project.

In essence, what the funding allows Seaton to go further than it could otherwise afford to find its source of decadent, dry wood fiber. This means extending the benefits further. More wood that no one else wants is removed from the bush so that it doesn’t end up being burned, releasing carbon into the atmosphere or simply left in place where it becomes a forest fire. The funding also helps maintain the employment opportunities that Seaton Forest Products is able to offer.

Much of the residual wood is still burned on landings or left in harvested areas across the province, meaning potential wood fiber loss as well as jobs. With increasing wood loss from pests, forest fires and the impacts of climate change, future funding will be essential in projects like those discussed above.

Jim Hilton is a professional agronomist and forester who has lived and worked at Cariboo Chilcotin for 40 years. Now retired, Hilton continues to use her skills to serve local community forestry organizations.

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