Canada to pay $300 million for a timber plantation that was once home to a Canadian national anthem
A former cabinet minister says Canada is paying a hefty sum to purchase a forest that was used by the country’s first national anthem, which has been played at Canada’s national sports events for more than 150 years.
The purchase of a 1,000-hectare plot of forest near the town of Langford, N.S., for $200 million is part of the Government of Canada’s $1.8-billion “sustainability” initiative.
It will be used to restore the forest and to preserve a nearby creek, the minister, Steven Blaney, said in a statement.
“Canada’s contribution to the world’s largest forest is one that is worth celebrating,” he said.
It is a part of our heritage, and it should not be forgotten.” “
The forest is part and parcel of our history.
It is a part of our heritage, and it should not be forgotten.”
The Langford Forest, located on the north shore of the Strait of Georgia, is one of Canada, and the largest in the world, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2017, the government announced that it was looking to acquire another 100 hectares of forest for the future, with plans to make the purchase by 2020.
Blaney’s comments were in response to a query from The Canadian Press about the acquisition of the Langford forest, which is part to a plan to buy land near the New Brunswick town of St. Marys, Que.
In the past, Canada’s indigenous people have used the forest to gather medicinal herbs and medicinal roots.
The Langfords are also home to an Indigenous group called the First Nations of Langfells Falls, and their chief, David MacDonald, has called for the government to make a “tribute” to the people.
The Forest and Country Conservancy, which oversees the forestry industry in Langford and neighbouring communities, has received a $300-million donation from the government for the Langford purchase, Blaney said.
The forest was once a “place of reverence and belonging” for the Indigenous people of Langley and the nearby communities of Stoney Creek and Langford Creek, the federal government said.
Blayington, a former cabinet secretary, said the Forest and Nature Conservancy has received an additional $50 million for the purchase, which will be put towards restoration of the site.
“That’s the nature of a donation,” he told The Canadian News.
“I think we’ve done our best to ensure that we’ve got all of the financial support that we need, including our $300,000 donation.”
The purchase will be “an extraordinary opportunity for Langford to be restored and to be remembered as a place where Canadians can gather and sing their national anthem,” Blaney added.