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"As B.C.'s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, I'm pleased to celebrate National Forest Week, in this International Year of Forests.
"This year's theme for both National Forest Week and International Year of Forests is 'Forests for People'. This provides a great opportunity to reflect on the benefits our forests provide.
"B.C.'s forest sector continues to provide great economic benefits - accounting for over 55,000 direct jobs supporting families all around the province, and contributing $7.3 billion to the province's GDP.
"With a number of mills reopening throughout the province, including mills in Kitwanga, Midway, Savona and Vavenby, hundreds of workers are back on the job and communities are seeing the benefits of the forest sector as it continues ...