Foresty expert expects pine beetle to take a big bite out of lumber production

The mountain pine beetle (MPB) infestation in the B.C. Interior will drastically reduce harvest levels and the production of lumber, veneer and plywood, according to a forest industry expert.

The Business Council of British Columbia and the Council of Forest Industries released a research paper on Dec. 14, which estimates that the MPB epidemic will kill 30 per cent of the trees in the Interior by the middle of the next decade. In some parts of the region, this figure could reach 50 per cent.