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The Resources North Association today received a 5 year 1.475 million dollars contribution.

The monies have come from Natural Resources Canada through the Canadian Forest Service and the Forest Communities Program. "Our Government is committed to assisting forest-based communities who
are facing unprecedented challenges," said Jay Hill, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of Minister Lunn. "Through the Forest Communities Program, the Government of Canada and the Resources North Association are working together to pursue new opportunities for forest based communities."

According to the RNA this money will help resource dependent communities, First Nation communities, resource industries and Federal, Provincial, Local and First Nations Governments to work toward sustainability in the North Central and Northeast regions of BC.

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Some of the projects the RNA working on include: working with First Nations to develop biomass energy systems, piloting integrated resource management projects, better defining socio-economic and cultural indicators, further development of agroforestry, caribou habitat research, and research on the effects of the mountain pine beetle impacts on hydrology, soils, fish habitat and riparian areas. One of the main project partnerships for RNA is in the area of climate change.

RNA will continue to support the Northern Climate Change Network (NCCN) in its pursuit to promote proactive community-level adaptation responses to climate change.

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