Feds Invest $645K in Yukon Indigenous Forestry Projects
Teslin, YT – The Teslin Tlingit Council recently received $595,000 to purchase biomass wood chip boilers, as part of a larger project to reduce reliance on non-renewable heating fuels. The project will also create jobs through the installation of direct heating systems. “The Teslin Tlingit Council and the community of Teslin Yukon are proud to have been sponsored by NRCan in our community’s clean energy biomass project. Teslin’s biomass project, which is fueled predominantly by the community’s waste wood, is providing local opportunities in the forestry sector and in the professional trades,” said Blair Travis Hogan, Teslin Tlingit Council executive councilor. “The 13 large buildings connected to the biomass district heating network, including the Teslin School, will now be able to avoid burning heating fuel, which is estimated to be about 100,000 litres per year.” Additionally $50,000 will go to help the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Development Corporation (NNDDC) develop a solution for the lack of local seeds used to restore land impacted by nearby mining. This will help the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun (FNND) to conduct a feasibility study and create a business development plan for sourcing local seeds.