Forestry consultant says P.E.I. woodlots hit hard by Fiona

By Jessica Doria-Brown
CBC News
October 28, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Some members of P.E.I.’s forestry industry say Fiona caused so much damage to Island woodlots — it may not be possible to recover. Island forestry consultant Mike Gallant estimates 50 per cent of the Island’s softwood stock came down last month. He said that’s put a lot of pressure on those in the industry because if it isn’t harvested quickly enough, a valuable resource will be left to rot. …”We got a small window to harvest these pieces of wood because after two years, it becomes biomass, which is worthless.” Gallant said over time, all that wood will dry out and become a fire hazard. He said the association that represents woodlot owners is in meetings with the provincial government on potential support, but nothing has been firmed up yet.  Woodlot owners can apply for the province’s Forestry Enhancement Program, Gallant said.

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