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Quesnel opens Forestry Innovation Centre (New SPH)

PROVINCE OF B.C. - Quesnel, B.C. has opened a Forestry Innovation Centre at its City Hall to transform its struggling lumber industry. Mayor Bob Simpson said after being devastating by wildfires and pine beetles, the forestry sector in the interior must transition to create higher-value wood products. (Photo Credit: canada.constructconnect.com)
PROVINCE OF B.C. - Quesnel, B.C. has opened a Forestry Innovation Centre at its City Hall to transform its struggling lumber industry. Mayor Bob Simpson said after being devastating by wildfires and pine beetles, the forestry sector in the interior must transition to create higher-value wood products. (Photo Credit: canada.constructconnect.com)

QUESNEL, B.C. – After years of wildfires and pine beetles devastating its lumber industry, the city of Quesnel has unveiled a new forestry innovation centre to rethink how wood resources are managed and how to better create jobs and profitable products with them.

“The centre is part of a broader initiative started in May 2018, to try and facilitate a pretty significant discussion about the future of forestry,” said Mayor Bob Simpson in an interview with the Journal.

Simpson noted that these products could soon been in high demand. The province requires that engineered wood be used wherever possible for public infrastructure projects, including the new Royal BC Museum in Victoria and the new St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. And there could soon be a shift away from single use plastic items like straws and bags.

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