June 19, 2006

Sask Forest Centre to receive continued federal support

PRINCE ALBERT, SASK-The Saskatchewan Forest Centre will continue its current operations for another year, with the help of a $900,000 contribution from the federal government. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will provide $300,000, with $600,000 coming from Western Economic Diversification (WED). Established in 2001 as a not-for-profit corporation, the Saskatchewan Forest Centre promotes the sustainable development of the province's forests and has succeeded in its mandate of transferring forest-related technology to the Saskatchewan public. NRCan provided $1.5 million to support the Centre during its initial four-year period from April 1, 2002, to March 31, 2006. "Now that we have a softwood lumber deal," said Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn, "it is even more important that we support this Centre and ensure the competitiveness of the Saskatchewan forest industry." The Centre is also supported with funding from Saskatchewan Industry and Resources, Saskatchewan Environment and Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food. The additional year of federal support will permit a transition to a new funding model.

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