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Ministry of Forests and Range

VICTORIA – The B.C Forest Service has requested four aircraft from the Yukon to assist provincial crews, due to anticipated fire starts, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced.
PRINCE GEORGE – The Province is offering the College of New Caledonia a research forest through a special use permit to help train natural resource management students and serve as a centre of applied research in Prince George, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced.
VICTORIA – British Columbia is sending 44 forest fire fighters and specialists plus six aircraft to California to help the state respond to wildfires, announced Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell.
VICTORIA – Increased ferry service on the Upper Arrow Lake between Nakusp and Revelstoke will benefit local residents, truckers and tourists, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell and Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Kevin Falcon announced.
VICTORIA – Although British Columbia has experienced cooler than average temperatures so far this year, the potential for fire starts still exists due to low amounts of rainfall this spring, said Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell.
VICTORIA – The Province and community partners are providing Victoria seniors with more affordable housing options with the opening of Parry Place, a new 21-unit assisted living development.
VICTORIA – Representatives from all three levels of government and local partners celebrated the official opening of Our Place, a $14-million development helping to break the cycle of homelessness in Victoria.
CHEHALIS – The Province and Chehalis Indian Band have agreed to use the Forest and Range Practices Act to protect an area in the Chilliwack Forest District that contains sacred sites of the Chehalis people, the first time the act has been used in such a way, Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman announced.
VICTORIA – BC Timber Sales is improving forest worker safety by requiring all its contractors and those companies that conduct on-the-ground works under a timber sale licence advertised after Dec. 31, 2008 to be SAFE Company certified.
NEW WESTMINSTER – Construction to combine two character homes into Maria Keary Cottage, a $6.5-million, 35-bed supportive housing project to help people facing homelessness in New Westminster started with government and community partners on hand to celebrate.
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