What began as a response to the deleterious impact of the mountain pine beetle has become a voice for economic and social prosperity for rural British Columbia.
Since 2007, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC), along with similar coalitions representing the Omenica and Cariboo-Chilcotin regions, has been working to mitigate the impact of the mountain pine beetle throughout the Interior.
Collectively, these organizations have been working to address the plight of rural B.C. in the aftermath of the beetle epidemic which, along with market forces, have had a decimating impact on once-thriving, forestry-dependent communities. The Rural BC Project is their child, a strategy designed to help return prosperity to the “Heartland.”