I am very please to tell you all about a project that BC Wood has been working on for over a year and what I trust will be very important new initiative for the value-added wood products industry in the province. A simple idea, discussed by BC Wood staff and Board members a year and half ago, of doing more to promote the increased used of wood in non-residential construction in the Province came to fruition with the announcement of $1.75 million in seed funding. This will help B.C. achieve its Wood First objectives announced last week by Forests and Range Minister, Pat Bell.
British Columbia’s Wood First Initiative is a range of activities designed to revitalize the Province’s forest sector and increase the use of wood in construction, interior design, and daily living. The Wood Enterprise Coalition (WEC) is a partnership between WoodWORKS! BC, FPInnovations and the BC Wood Specialties Group. As outlined in the WEC memorandum of understanding, the partners will co-ordinate their efforts to support the value-added forest product sector through promotion, education, training, product development, and innovation.
“Individually, our organizations pursue similar goals and objectives,” said Grant McKinnon, chair of BC Wood Specialties Group. “This coalition brings us together in a way that provides British Columbia with a more efficient, cost-effective framework to implement wood-focused activities.”
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