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Bruce County Forest Products Ltd. fined $5000 for an offence under the Plant Protection Act

Guelph, Ontario, February 23, 2011: On January 24, 2011, a conviction was registered against Bruce County Forest Products Ltd., in the Ontario Court of Justice in Walkerton.

The company entered a guilty plea to one count under section 6(1) of the Plant Protection Act for unlawfully moving ash logs that were or could be infested with a pest, resulting in a fine of $5000. Gary William Priebe, an employee of the company, entered a guilty plea to one count under section 23(1) of the Plant Protection Act for unlawfully making a false or misleading statement to an inspector. He was fined $1000.

The Plant Protection Act is in place to prevent the importation, exportation and spread of pests injurious to plants, and to provide for their control and eradication, and for the certification of plants and other things. Transportation of firewood is a common way for plant pests or invasive species, such as emerald ash borer (EAB), to spread.

In July 2009, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) designated regulated areas to prohibit the movement of articles such as firewood, ash trees, ash logs and/or ash lumber that might be infested with EAB, into areas that are free of this pest. The Order of Infested Places remains in effect to this date. In October 2009, CFIA inspectors investigated prohibited movement of ash logs by Bruce County Forest Products from a regulated area into an unregulated area. The logs were detained and later disposed of safely.

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For more information, media may contact:

Marilyn Taylor (English)
Communications Specialist, Ontario Area, 519-837-5852

JoAnne Ford (French)
Area Communications Manager, Ontario Area, 519-826-3027