B.C.’s Forest Practices Board keeping tabs on spruce bark beetle harvesting

By Jim Stirling
The Logging & Sawmilling Journal
October 18, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was more of a reminder than a rebuke. That said, the message from the British Columbia Forest Practices Board (FPB) comes through loud and clear: forest companies and government agencies working on public forest and rangelands in B.C. must adhere to the rules and spirit of provincial regulations rather than their own self interests. The FPB plans on keeping closer tabs in the future on companies harvesting forest stands impacted by the spruce bark beetle. …The board investigates any complaints it receives concerning forest practices on publicly owned lands. …The complainants voiced concerns about some of the harvesting activity on forest stands infected by the spruce bark beetle in sections of the Prince George, Mackenzie and Stuart Nechako natural resource districts. …It was suggested that logging the less severely infected elements of a stand was detrimental to future timber supplies. 

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