Clearing fire-damaged forests 'top priority' for NDP

By Vanessa Ybarra
October 15, 2017 - 4:11pm Updated: October 17, 2017 - 4:42am

KAMLOOPS — The NDP says clearing wildfire-ravaged forests is a top priority in the months ahead.

Speaking at a press event in Kamloops over the weekend, Premier John Horgan says it's imperative forest crews get into areas quickly to lower the risk of a repeat next summer.

"Clearing the forest so that we're taking the fuel away, that's a number one priority," said Horgan. "Also working with companies, working with forest workers, working with forest communities to make sure we can get that marketable timber out of the forests as quickly as we possibly can so that's going to stimulate economic activity."

Horgan says another priority for the government is to increase tourism marketing for the Southern Interior and Cariboo region.

Visits to the areas were were significantly lower this summer due to the wildfires.


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