NEWS RELEASE · 17th September 2012
Ministry of Forests
The B.C. government welcomed today's news that Hampton Affiliates are one step closer to rebuilding the Babine Forest Products mill.
Hampton Affiliates has said that it intends to rebuild the Babine Forest Products mill subject to certain conditions being met, and that a final decision would be made at its December board meeting.
Hampton has indicated the need for the assurances of an adequate timber supply from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. In a letter, the minister committed the ministry to certain actions that would help ensure an adequate timber supply, if Hampton is able to formalize relationships with the area's six First Nations and the community of Burns Lake.
The ministry recognizes that while working with Hampton, logging rights of other licensees also need to be respected. If Hampton is able to form business arrangements with other licence holders, enough timber volume could be made available to support a new mill.
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve
Thomson is quoted as stating;
"The ministry is committed to continue working with Hampton, the six First Nations, the Village of Burns Lake and other forest licensees on solutions that will allow Hampton to rebuild the mill without impacting the harvesting rights of existing licensees."
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Pat Bell is quoted as stating;
"I commend the people of Burns Lake for their resiliency as we continue
to work through solutions for the long-term economic viability for the
John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes, and Parliamentary Secretary for
Forestry is quoted as stating;
"The Special Committee on Timber Supply issued 20 recommendations in its recent report, including one specifically on Burns Lake. I'm pleased that the ministry is working with Hampton and the people of Burns Lake in implementing those."