Sept. 11, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new greenhouse being built at the provincial tree nursery at Kingsclear, near Fredericton, will result in about five million additional softwood seedlings being available annually for Crown land reforestation, Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles announced today.
"Silviculture is an important long-term investment in ensuring a sustainable wood supply and a strong forestry industry that will contribute to a self-sufficient New Brunswick," said Stiles. "Investing in silviculture makes good sense for the long-term wood supply in our province, and good sense for jobs that are ready to begin now, when New Brunswickers need them."
The provincial government increased silviculture operations on Crown land by $4.75 million this year, resulting in about 300 additional jobs for New Brunswickers. The increase in silviculture spending has resulted in the need for more seedlings, Stiles said.
The Kingsclear tree nursery currently produces about 20 million seedlings annually. The new greenhouse will measure about 100 metres by 30 metres (312 ft. by 100 ft.) and will produce the five million additional seedlings needed to match the increase in Crown land silviculture operations.
Stiles said that site work is nearing completion, and a tender call will soon be issued for construction of the greenhouse. The project is expected to cost about $300,000 and generate 2,500 person hours of work. Work will be completed this fall.
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