The evening of March 14th was the first official get together for the Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce and its members. Hosted at the Tumbler Ridge Golf & Country Club the Wine and Cheese event saw a variety of members come out and enjoy chamber camaraderie and guest speakers; Mayor Clay Iles and local businessman Bill Edwards.
Mayor Iles discussed current initiatives and projects the District is working on such as the recently announced Community Forest program, the local re insurgence of the mining industry and new technological solutions for the waste products of mining, the ever increasing oil and gas sector and tourism.
Speaker Bill Edwards discussed the ever increasing problem of the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) epidemic and the existing fire hazard. He also presented some solutions in dealing with this pressing issue. Topics covered in the presentation were the flying pattern of the MPB, how it infiltrates the pine tree and what it is that eventually kills the pine tree. The topic of discussion was very enlightening to those members that didn?t fully understand the how and why?s of the MPB.
Further to this topic, Bill discussed the selective logging process via horses that could take place within the District to better eliminate the possibility of having the MPB eradicating our Pine trees in town and decreasing the fire hazard risk at the same time.
Upon the conclusion of the guest speakers, chairperson, Brenda Banham brought forth additional goals and objectives for the Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
A pleasant evening with great company proves to be a great beginning for the Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is always looking for new members to participate in the success of doing business in Tumbler Ridge, so it encourages non-members to pick up an application at the Visitor Information Centre located next to the Caboose. Play a part in the future growth of Tumbler Ridge, become a member!!