Huge drop in timber supply predicted

The latest timber supply analysis that models the impacts of the pine beetle epidemic released by the Ministry of Forests suggests that the mid-term timber supply could drop to 20.5 to 25.1 million cubic metres in the B.C. Interior.

That's a 33 to 45 per cent drop from the original timber supply of 37.6 million cubic metres before the allowable annual cut was increased to control and salvage mountain pine beetle-killed timber.