Cariboo Cares campaign plants 100,000 trees
Thanks to Pacific Western Brewing (PWB) and its customers, a team of than 90 tree planters has planted 100,000 seedlings on Crown land scorched by last summer’s devastating Elephant Hill fire.
Funded by PWB’s ongoing reforestation program, this project is helping BC recover from last summer’s wildfires. More than 1,000 fires swept through a million hectares of forest. The Elephant Hill fire was one of the worst, covering 190,000 hectares.
PWB’s Prince George sales and marketing leader Kyle Sampson was there when planting got underway. “Our owner Kazuko Komatsu really believes in giving back to the community and reforestation has been one of her ongoing projects. To be able to continue these projects and develop new forests in joint effort with our government on Crown land is good for Cariboo and it is good for BC,” he said.
At the planting site, Ministry of Forest Lands stewardship technologist George Williamson said the PWB portion of this summer’s planning is “definitely significant,” representing more than 10 per cent of a one million tree planting program over an area of 650 hectares located near Watch Lake east of 70 Mile House.
Nigel Fletcher, Forests for Tomorrow, said: “Through the Forest Stands Management Fund we are able to collect funds and put them directly back into silviculture. And, we are very thankful that Cariboo (PWB) has stepped up to the plate and given us some funds.”
Williamson added: “Investing in your own local forest is just the right thing to do.”
A variety of seedlings are being planted including Douglas Fir which take 120 years to mature and Lodge Pole Pine which are ready for harvesting in 80 years.
Over 30 years, Williamson has done it all in the woods … worked as a logger, forest fire fighter, tree planter and surveyor. “I tell folks that destruction is the first step to rejuvenation. Last summer’s fires were the destruction and now PWB is part of the rejuvenation.”