Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods
Establishment of a Forestry Centre in Corner
- This major initiative which is receiving a total of
$5-million dollars of Economic Renewal Funding, was
announced earlier this year.
- The Centre for the Management of Sustainable Forest
Ecosystems will provide an opportunity for integrated
research and planning of governments, industry, and
educational institutions in the province. The primary
goal will be to achieve sustainable management of the
forest resources, through a multi-stakeholder approach.
- The Centre, which will be housed in a new building, will
bring together three programs:
- The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) which has 30
professional, technical and post-graduate staff,
will be housed in this Centre, conducting
research on forest ecosystems. Centre staff will
also be researching strategies for advancing
- The Western Newfoundland Model Forest, which is
currently located in Corner Brook. The model
forest is a shared effort of Corner Brook Pulp
and Paper, Abitibi-Price, the City of Corner
Brook, Humber Environment Action Group and the
Centre for Forestry and Environmental Studies of
West Viking College, Wildlife Division of the
provincial government, and the Newfoundland and
Labrador Forest Service.
- The two-year forest diploma program of Memorial
University, which is being transferred from the
St. John's campus to Sir Wilfred Grenfell
College. The Centre will compliment the degree
program in environmental science currently
offered by the College.
- The Centre is expected to begin construction in October
of this year and see completion by July 1997.
- Budget allocations of $3-million for this year and the
balance of $2-million for 1997/98.