Monitoring response to spruce beetle outbreak needs improvement

BC Forest Practices Board
August 29, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An investigation of a public complaint about a spruce bark beetle outbreak in north-central B.C. has found that the forest industry is making progress in recovering beetle-damaged timber. The Forest Practices Board recommends that government improve monitoring of industry’s response and report to the public about how the outbreak is being managed. …The complainants are concerned that Canfor and BC Timber Sales are favouring lightly attacked and healthy forests in the Prince George Natural Resource District, rather than harvesting the most severely infested trees, and that this has implications for the region’s future timber supply. “Our investigation found that Canfor and BCTS are making progress in harvesting infested and dead spruce trees, but the complainant’s concerns are still valid,” said Gerry Grant, Forest Practices Board. …“The board is recommending that the ministry implement a monitoring process and publicly report on licensees’ efforts to manage the infestation”.

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