April 4, 2005

Ottawa invests $3M to establish industrial research chair in silviculture

BAIE-COMEAU, QUE-The federal government will invest $3 million to establish a new industrial research chair in silviculture and wildlife at Laval University. This project stems from a major public-private partnership intended to promote research on the boreal forest in Quebec's north shore region and develop practices consistent with sustainable development and forest ecosystem conservation. This partnership brings together Kruger, Abitibi-Consolidated, the Quebec Wildlife Foundation, Bowater, the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada (FERIC), the Canadian Wood Products Research Institute (Forintek), UniforÍt, Quebec's Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Parks, along with Laval University. Together, these partners will contribute $2 million to the project, along with specialized knowledge and resources which will help intensify research activities and ensure the dissemination of research results. The federal contribution to the project will include $1,762,500 from Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC)'s Industrial Research Chairs program and $1,250,000 from Canada Economic Development's Regional Strategic Initiatives program. Natural Resources Canada will also contribute research time to the Chair's activities. More information is available from Jean-Claude Ruel, senior chairholder and professor in wood and forest sciences at Laval University, 418/656-2131, ext 7665, E-mail jean-claude.ruel@sbf.ulaval.ca.

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