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Public comment sought on proposed biofibre policy

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The Ontario government is inviting comments on a proposed forest biofibre policy that will help support the economy in rural and Northern Ontario, Natural Resources minister David Ramsay announced Friday.

“We are seeking public comment on the draft policy, which provides direction on ensuring the sustainable use of this resource,” said Ramsay.

“In view of growing concerns about climate change, the policy could support our efforts to reduce our use of non-renewable fossil fuels,” he added.

Forest biofibre includes tree tops, cull trees or portions of trees, trees that are unmarketable, trees not suitable for use in conventional forest products, and trees that may be salvaged as a result of a natural disturbance.

The purpose of the policy is to provide general direction on the allocation and use of forest biofibre from Ontario’s Crown forests.

It would support the development of new technologies to diversify the provincial economy, as well as explore bioenergy, renewable alternative fuel, and other bioproduct projects that can reduce the province’s dependence on fossil fuels.

The MNR has posted a notice, with a link to the proposed biofibre policy, on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry for 120 days.

To view the notice, visit ontario.ca/environmentalregistry and enter Registry #010-0167.

“Increasing Ontario’s share of renewable energy is a key part of our plan to build a new energy future for the province,” said Energy minister Dwight Duncan.

“This includes greater use of our forest biofibre,” he added.

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