Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program - Innovative
FIA Project 6447001

    Establishment of Native Grass Seed industry for the West Coast of British Columbia
Project lead: International Forest Products Ltd.
Author: Vaartnou, Manivalde
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program - Innovative
Since the 1970's, the use of native plants has often been suggested as a potential answer to problems associated with revegetation of disturbed areas. However, native seed for large-scale reclamation purposes has neither been available in sufficient quantity, nor at a reasonable price. Thus, from April, 1996 to March, 2001, Forest Renewal British Columbia provided the funding for this long-term applied research program to determine the utility of native Vancouver Island grasses in restoration of disturbed areas, and ultimately provide a source of native grass seed for use on Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland coast. Subsequently, funding to continue the program has been provided by the BC Ministry of Forests, TimberWest Forest Ltd., Canadian Forest Products Ltd., Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd., International Forest Products Ltd., Cascadia Forest Products Ltd., and Western Forest Products Inc. Funding for the 2005/06 fiscal year was provided by the latter three companies. The private sector funding from 2001 to 2005 has been a transfer of funds from the provincial Forest Investment Account.


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