Forestry Realignment Strengthens Economic Focus



    McGuinty Government Ensures Forests Managed For The Future

    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Responsibility for forestry is being realigned between the Ministry of
Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and the Ministry of Natural Resources
effective immediately.
    The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry is now leading
the business and economic aspects of forestry, including industrial strategy,
forest sector competitiveness programs, softwood lumber and wood allocation,
pricing and licensing.
    The Ministry of Natural Resources remains responsible for sustainable
forest management and stewardship, including forest management planning,
forest health and science, and the provision of habitat, including the
requirements under the Endangered Species Act.
    The changes fulfill a commitment made by Premier Dalton McGuinty on June
24, 2009, to realign the forestry portfolio between the two ministries.

    QUOTES

    "The forestry sector is a key economic driver in northern and rural
Ontario. Adding the business sector of forestry to my ministry allows us to
focus on strengthening and building this important industry in these difficult
economic times."
    - Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

    "Stewardship and sustainably managing our forests has always been one of
the most important responsibilities of my ministry. This realignment allows us
to focus even more on our role of ensuring that Ontario's forests remain
healthy and sustainable."
    - Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Forested land comprises 66 per cent of Ontario (about 70.4 million
        hectares or 174 million acres). This is equal to the land masses of
        Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands combined.
    -   In 2007, Ontario's forests supported a $15.3-billion forest sector.

    LEARN MORE

    -   Review the full details of the forestry alignment
        (http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/forestry/min_message_e.asp).
    -   Read about Ontario's managed forests
        (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Forests/index.html).
    -   Find out about Forest Tenure Review
        (http://www.foresttenure.mndmf.gov.on.ca/English/Default.asp).

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For further information:

For further information: Joanne Ghiz, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3638,
Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry; Ivan Langrish,
Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212, Ministry of Natural Resources

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