Overharvesting to blame for B.C. forestry problems

Letter by John Warner
The Prince George Citizen
February 3, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE, BC — We are running out of trees. Sixty years of overharvesting, bugs and fires have left us with only a fraction of what we had. There are now only two options. We can do what the East Coast fishery did when cod stocks were getting scarce – keep harvesting until the cod were nearly all gone and then shut the fishery down. …Or we can slow things down a bunch. That will mean more job losses soon. …Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris probably has the best political grip on where we are today. He has been telling anyone who would listen for a few years how serious the problem is. …In hindsight, perhaps the cool to vindictive NIMBY reception given to West Coast Olefin’s proposed plant may now appear to have been a tad hasty.

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