Steve Clark welcomes review of Ontario Seed Plant closure

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Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark today released the following statement regarding an announcement the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will review the decision to close the Ontario Tree Seed Plant in Angus:
“I’m pleased the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry will review the previous government’s decision to close the Ontario Tree Seed Plant in Angus. I have had an opportunity to discuss with the minister the negative impact the closure would have on operations at the Ferguson Forest Centre, including putting 13 full-time jobs and over $1 million in annual economic activity in jeopardy.

“During the recent campaign, I pledged to work with whatever government was elected on June 7 to revisit the closure decision. I want to thank Minister Yurek for quickly recognizing the need to take a closer look at the situation by consulting widely with all stakeholders affected, including those in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.”

MNRF Minister Jeff Yurek announced the review earlier this week. The following is a statement from Minister Yurek regarding the decision:

“After hearing concerns related to the closure of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant and consulting with my colleagues, I have directed my ministry to review the closure decision.

“We will be taking the time to hear from stakeholders, including sitting down with the tree nursery industry and other interested parties as part of this review.

“I am committed to taking a closer look at the details of the situation and making sure decisions are made in the best interests of the people of Ontario.”

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