2007-12-07

Beetle epidemic threatens B.C. forest: native leader

One of Canada’s lone aboriginal voices at the Bali summit on climate change will carry a dire message: milder winters are threatening huge swaths of Canadian forest due to a pine beetle epidemic.

At risk are 103 First Nations in British Columbia who depend on forests and affected lakes or rivers, Dave Porter said in an interview as he prepared to deliver a speech at the gathering of more than 180 countries.