2008-08-28

Natural Resources Canada: Government of Canada Continues to Support Efforts to Mitigate Wildfire Risk in MPB Affected First Nation Communities in B.C.

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development on behalf of Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources today announced additional funds of up to $10.8 million from the Mountain Pine Beetle Program for continued efforts to reduce wildfire risk to Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) affected First Nation Communities.

"Today's investment further demonstrates our Government's continued commitment to mitigate the impacts of the mountain pine beetle in British Columbia," said Minister Strahl. "This funding will assist B.C. First Nation communities in applying FireSmart principles to protect public safety and property on reserves and on adjacent provincial crown lands."

Today's funding is in addition to $5.1 million that the Government of Canada has spent to assist First Nation communities in dealing with MPB infestation on reserve lands since 2004.