CNC Research Forest Legacy Fund returns

The CNC Research Forest Society (CNCRFS) is looking once again to the communities CNC serves for an environmentally focused project to support through its legacy fund.

The CNCRFS is seeking applications for legacy projects with a focus on environmental improvement, renewable natural resource education and/or outreach programs, outdoor recreation improvement, or social/environmental commitment to local communities. The successful project will be chosen in spring 2022 to receive up to $50,000.

The CNCRFS legacy fund is made available through the harvest and sale of spruce beetle affected timber within the Research Forest north of Prince George.

“The CNC Research Forest was founded on the principles of providing new research and learning opportunities for natural resource and forestry students at CNC,” said Tara Szerencsi, CNC Vice President Finance and Corporate Services. “This legacy fund extends the benefits of the Research Forest as we watch projects with long-term community impact develop and grow.”

Submissions for the inaugural legacy fund were innovative, said CNC Research Forest Manager Carl Pollard, with project proposals coming from sectors across the entire region CNC serves.

In March 2020, the CNCRFS awarded its first legacy fund grants, worth $45,000 each, to the Young Rainbow Warriors Society for the expansion of their forest food park and cultural center near Burns Lake and to the District of Mackenzie for the development of a 10-kilometre community trail connection to on-route recreation amenities within Mackenzie.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better response to the legacy fund last year,” Pollard said. “It was inspiring to see so many creative minds focused on the environment to better their communities. We’re hoping to keep the momentum going and look forward to supporting another project.”

The CNCRFS legacy fund is open to individuals, businesses, community groups, First Nations communities, government agency, as well as secondary and post-secondary schools in and around Prince George, Bear Lake, McLeod Lake, Mackenzie, Quesnel, Fort St. James, Vanderhoof, and Burns Lake.

Application packages and instructions can be found online at Deadline for submission is January 12, 2021, at 9 p.m.

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