BC tests new licence

British Columbia is to test a scheme to charge a lump sum for all the timber in a stand rather than by cubic metre of merchantable wood.

Forests minister Pat Bell said the idea was to reduce the 4 million m³ of wood left to rot after logging and use up trees attacked by mountain pine beetle. Licence holders would harvest the waste for biofuels, pulp and co-products.

“You are purchasing all of the fibre in that area for a single price,” Mr Bell said.