Potential Mineral Resources in British Columbia's Mountain Pine Beetle Affected Areas

British Columbia is now closer to identifying new mineral and energy deposits in areas of mountain pine beetle infestations as a result of new data collected during a recent helicopter survey west of Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. Funding for this survey was announced by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, on September 24, 2007, as part of Canada's Mountain Pine Beetle Program.

"Our government has committed $1 billion over 10 years to help communities that have suffered from this infestation, including $6 million for mapping areas for potential mineral prospecting," said Minister Lunn. "Mineral exploration will help to diversify the resource economies of beetle-infested areas and is an important part of the overall strategy to help affected communities."