Fraser Valley – The Province announced expansion of its existing Forest Employment Program (FEP) with an additional $12 million. This will support more workers and contractors in more communities, enabling them to complete priority land-based projects.
Projects include improving recreation sites and trails, forest service roads, wildlife areas and wildfire safety.
Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon is welcoming multiple investments in small, land-based infrastructure projects from the province that will support people in their economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These upgrades to roads and campgrounds will benefit workers, locals and the tourism industry alike,” said Paddon. “It’s a win-win when we can improve the infrastructure that serves communities while also creating jobs, especially after such a tough year.”
The Forestry Enhancement Program (FEP) supports workers and contractors who were impacted by downturns in the forestry sector. The program was expanded with an additional $12 million to support more people in more communities across the province in their economic recovery from the effects of the pandemic.
A few of the projects coming to the area include:
- Upgrades to the Chehalis Forest Service Road, adding new gravel to improve safety on 2 km of road.
- Improving roads and camp pads at the Tamihi Recreation Site and the adjoining ORV Staging area, adding gravel to multiple areas of the site to restore condition, level surfaces and reduce siltation.