Increased Allowable Cuts Not Hurting Other Species

All additional harvesting allowed by the Ministry of Forests and Range to deal with the current mountain pine beetle infestation has been directed at pine, according to a new Forest Practices Board report.

"The increase in the allowable annual cut to deal with the mountain pine beetle epidemic has raised concerns about whether non-pine species of trees were also being harvested," said board chair Bruce Fraser. "We found that all of the new allowable harvest consists of pine, and that industry has not increased its harvest of other species."