FESBC awards $3M in grants to increase use of waste wood fibre
By Ellen Cools
The Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) has announced $3 million in grants have been allocated to projects that will support jobs in forestry and use wood fibre that would otherwise have been burned.
The funds will support 15 projects, with individual grants of $6,000 too $663,748. Altogether, the projects will use 250,000 cubic metres of post-harvest waste wood to produce wood pellets, pulp, electricity generation and more.
A further breakdown of the funding shows:
- $101,562 will be used by the Village of Fraser Lake for the Fraser Lake Community Forest, which will be transporting residual waste fibre to Pinnacle’s pellet plant in Burns Lake, B.C.
- $133,745 will go to Pinnacle to manufacture wood pellets with additional waste fibre (about 45,803 cubic metres
- Duz Cho Logging Limited Partnership will receive $300,000 to manufacture wood pellets, using about 15,625 cubic metres of wood
- Atlantic Power (Williams Lake) Ltd., will receive $200,000 to help local First Nations companies deliver fibre to the company for electricity generation
- $336,252 will go to East Fraser Fiber to distribute waste fibre to a local chipping plant and other secondary fibre users
- $326,533 will go to Valley Carriers Ltd. to grind wood waste for use in energy production
- $83,100 to ?Elhdaqox Developments Ltd. to use waste fibre from a tree stand rehabilitation project for energy or wood pellet production
“This new funding is part of the government’s $1.5-billion economic recovery plan, which reflects our ongoing commitment to help British Columbians deal with challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C. minister of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development, in a statement. “The grants will support local jobs and help make better use of wood debris left behind after timber harvesting.”