Resources North Association celebrates new funding

    PRINCE GEORGE, BC, July 9 /CNW/ - Resources North Association (RNA) today
celebrated receiving a 5-year, $1.475 million contribution agreement from
Natural Resources Canada through the Canadian Forest Service - Forest
Communities Program (FCP).
    "Our Government is committed to assisting forest-based communities who
are facing unprecedented challenges," said Jay Hill, Member of Parliament for
Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of Minister Lunn. "Through the Forest
Communities Program, the Government of Canada and the Resources North
Association are working together to pursue new opportunities for forest based
    This funding will help RNA bring together resource dependent communities,
First Nations communities, resource industries and federal, provincial, local
and First Nations governments to work toward sustainability in the
North-Central and Northeast regions of BC. RNA will achieve its objectives
through development of partner-based projects.
    Planned projects include: working with First Nations to develop biomass
energy systems, piloting integrated resource management projects, better
defining socio-economic and cultural indicators, further development of
agroforestry, caribou habitat research, and research on the effects of the
mountain pine beetle impacts on hydrology, soils, fish habitat and riparian
areas. One of the main project partnerships for RNA is in the area of climate
change. RNA will continue to support the Northern Climate Change Network
(NCCN) in its pursuit to promote proactive community-level adaptation
responses to climate change.
    RNA Chair, Don Cadden states "RNA is delighted to celebrate receiving
this vote of confidence from the Government of Canada through the 5-year,
$1.475 million contribution agreement. RNA has been developed on the
foundation of the former McGregor Model Forest, which was well known for its
involvement with integrated resource management and development of resource
planning tools. RNA plans to pick up where McGregor left off and continue the
tradition of bringing together communities, industries and governments to
develop partner-based projects that help communities meet the challenges of
resource sector transition. The communities of north-central and northeastern
BC are experiencing rapid growth in some resource sectors and significant
declines in others; RNA hopes to facilitate processes that work towards common
goals and bring a balance to all facets of land management."
    RNA plans to begin by conducting stakeholder and proposed project
partnership discussions in communities throughout its operating area.
Information about RNA activities can be found on the RNA website at

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