Wilson questions government over closure of Tree Seed Plant in Angus
News release from MPP Jim Wilson
Today in question period, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson challenged the Liberal government over the recently announced closure of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant in Angus.
The facility is slated to close September 2018.
“If the announced closure goes ahead we will be losing the ability to protect and restore our forests with native, genetically appropriate species,” said Wilson. “My constituents are concerned not only for their jobs-by the way, it’s not a really large operation; there are six jobs involved-but also for the loss of this valuable resource that is being thrown away by your government with no consultation.”
Wilson referenced an Ontario Government press release from 2013 that praised the seed plant for preserving biodiversity, protecting the environment and supporting forest products and wood manufacturing sectors. He also noted that the government just spent $1.6 million last year upgrading the facility.
The Ontario Tree Seed Plant was established in 1923. It collects seed from approximately 50 different native species, stores over 9.5 billion viable seeds, maintains a seed bank of native tree species from across the province, supplies seeds to smaller nurseries and large forestry companies and provides seed for reforestation.
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