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ONTARIO GOVERNMENT RELEASES PROPOSED FOREST TENURE REFORM OPTIONS

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ONTARIO GOVERNMENT RELEASES PROPOSED FOREST TENURE REFORM OPTIONS

THUNDER BAY, ON - April 30, 2010 - Today, the Province of Ontario released its proposal for changing the way Crown forest resources are to be licensed and allocated, who will manage the forest under the authority of the government, and how wood is priced and sold. 

The government review began in March 2009 with a commitment in the provincial budget and included open houses held throughout Northern and Central Ontario.  This is the first indication of the direction the government intends to go with this policy review and it has large implications for the existing forest sector, for attracting new business investment and the future health of forest-dependent communities, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal alike.

Jeremy Williams of Arborvitae Environmental Services and Tom Clark of CMC Ecological Consulting will be analyzing the province’s proposed tenure options and are available for comment.

Arborvitae Environmental Services and CMC Ecological Consulting produced a discussion paper about Ontario’s tenure system entitled:  Revitalizing Ontario’s Forest Tenure System: Foundation for a 21st Century Forest Economy.    This paper can be downloaded at: www.ivey.org/annualreports/tenure-april13.pdf

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