2007-09-21

Pine beetle moves south in B.C.

The mountain pine beetle will have killed 40 per cent of British Columbia's pine forest by the end of the year, most of it in the central Interior, and is moving into the southern half of the province, according to a Ministry of Forests report released Monday.

The timber supply report shows that 530 million cubic metres of pine, covering 130,000 sq. km of forestlands, are either red, meaning they are under attack and dying, or dead.