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Wabigoon First Nation Recontructs Tree Seedling Nursery

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Wabigoon First Nation Recontructs Tree Seedling Nursery

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northern Prosperity

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is boosting economic development at Wabigoon First Nation by helping reconstruct the community-owned tree seedling nursery, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"The nursery plays a key role in Wabigoon First Nation's economic development strategy," said Bartolucci, who is chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "Since this facility was first opened, it has achieved many successes and economic benefits, including higher than anticipated employment levels."

The NOHFC invested $230,000 in reconstruction of the facility, which collapsed due to snow loading in January 2005.  The new nursery includes a greenhouse network containing enough space to grow more than 5.7 million seedlings each year.  Each greenhouse is equipped with a propane forced air heating system, a computer controlled humidity system and overhead traveling spray irrigation.  The nursery is owned by community members and produces seedlings for Bowater Canada, Weyerhaeuser Canada and Dryden Forest Management Ltd.

"I am very pleased that our government has assisted with the reconstruction of the seedling nursery in Wabigoon," said Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay.  "This venture will make significant contributions to area reforestation efforts."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northern prosperity include:

•    Investing in northern health care -- this year, a $15-million investment will help reduce wait times in the northwest and northeast LHINs and expand and improve hospitals in North Bay, Sault
Ste. Marie, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay and Sudbury

•    Helping alleviate the doctor shortage by opening the Northern Ontario School of Medicine with campuses in Sudbury and Thunder Bay

•    Providing $900 million over five years in assistance for the forestry industry.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.


Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454
    
Michel Lavoie   
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125

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