09/21/2011 06:58 EDT | Updated 11/21/2011 05:12 EST

Official says N.S. woodland plan vital as short-term measure after mill closure

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - The warden of Antigonish County says the Nova Scotia government's plan to keep woodland operators working is a vital part of the short-term term solution to the closure of the New Page Port Hawkesbury Mill.

Herb Delorey says much of the meeting of the Strait Area Municipal Action Committee on Tuesday was spent discussing the province’s plan to keep the Pont Tupper facility ready for a buyer while saving jobs for local forestry workers.

The plan includes a $14-million fund for new silviculture work, road maintenance, forestry training and harvesting and the stockpiling of wood.

Delorey says province’s plan will save jobs in Antigonish County in the short term.

He says he remains optimistic about potential buyers for the mill.

Delorey says while are no names are being publicly discussed, three or four companies are interested.