01/10/2012 09:59 EST | Updated 03/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Ottawa, provinces chipping in to fund Atlantic Canadian wood program

HALIFAX - The federal government is spending $500,000 to encourage the use of Atlantic Canadian wood in regional construction projects.

The two-year expenditure will go toward Atlantic WoodWorks, an initiative led by the non-profit Maritime Lumber Bureau.

The initiative, an expansion of a national Canadian Wood Council program, aims to promote the economic and environmental benefits of using locally-produced wood in commercial and municipal projects.

The governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador are contributing more than $134,000 to the program.

The Canadian Wood Council is chipping in more than $159,000.

In a statement, the federal government says the program will use seminars, a newsletter and a website in its promotional efforts.