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Over the May long weekend, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Forests and Range, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts and the RCMP are teaming up to patrol recreation sites and forest service roads to ensure people are enjoying rec

Over the May long weekend, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Forests and Range, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts and the RCMP are teaming up to patrol recreation sites and forest service roads to ensure people are enjoying recreational activities safely and responsibly.

Since the May long weekend is typically one of the busiest recreational weekends of the year, compliance and enforcement officers, recreation officers and RCMP officers will be conducting patrols of recreation sites and forest service roads in several regions across the province.

The goal is to ensure compliance with public safety and environmental regulations in relation to off-road vehicle use (ATVs, 4X4s, dirt-bikes), camping, boating and fishing. Recreation sites with repeat problems are being targeted for extra enforcement. Officers will be giving out warnings or tickets to those who are not in compliance.

"Long weekends are a great time to enjoy our forests, but they are also a time of increased patrols," said Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell. "Enforcement staff will be looking for off-road vehicle users who damage our forests, and holding them accountable."

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The Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition 2010 is coming up in June.

The three-day event begins June 8 with a reception at UNBC, followed by speaker sessions at the Civic Centre over the next two days.

A high-level group of speakers has been gathered, including experts from Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Austria, and Sweden. The sessions include Prince George-based bioenergy representatives from Canfor Pulp, Pinnacle Pellet and Deltech Manufacturing.

The conference also includes the opportunity to tour the Baldy Hughes community energy system, the under-construction UNBC bioenergy system and the Pacific BioEnergy pellet plant.