Economics of forestry industry to be discussed at Chamber lunch and learn

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a lunch and learn on Sept. 22 featuring guest speakers representing Forests Nova Scotia and Northern Pulp.

This noon-hour event is being held as part of National Forestry Week (Sept. 18-24) celebrations happening across the country.

“We recognize the value that the forest sector provides to the economy of Colchester and Nova Scotia,” said Chamber president Andrew Lake.

“A number of businesses in this region are directly tied to the industry or in-directly reap benefits from it.”

“These studies will provide an understanding of the economic impact of what this industry does for the region through direct and indirect employment of service providers.”

He added the Chamber recognizes the impact mill closures in other areas of the province have had on the business environment in those regions.

“We are looking to get a better understanding of the forestry sector,” said Lake.

Jeff Bishop, executive director of Forests Nova Scotia, and Bob Fraser, representing Northern Pulp, will each present information from two economic impact studies related to the province’s forestry industry.

The luncheon will begin at 12 p.m. at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre and is being sponsored by Grant Thornton.

The cost is $20 for Chamber members or $25 for future members (plus tax). To reserve your seat by Monday, Sept. 19 call, 895-6328 or email [email protected] .