Jobs program pays to burn Spilly pine

Workers in the Golden area are benefiting from close to $350,000 through a Job Opportunities Program project that will identify and remove trees infested with the mountain pine beetle, announced Pat Bell, Minister of Forests and Range and Bill Bennett, Minister of Community and Rural Development.

“The Province is working hard to deal with the impact of the economic downturn and the mountain pine beetle epidemic,” said Bell. “The Job Opportunities Program is one of the ways we’re helping resource workers find employment while improving forest health in this region.”

Pioneer Forest Consulting is using the $349,976 to hire about 12 resource workers to conduct the beetle fall and burn. As part of the project, workers will probe for mountain pine beetle on more than 989 hectares, and fall and burn about 2,500 infested trees. The work will take place in the Lower Spillimacheen Beetle Management Unit; Bobbie Burns Beetle Management Unit; and Twelve Mile Beetle Management Units.