Canfor pellet project key to pine beetle rebound

Minister of Forests and Range Pat Bell unveiled a vision to reduce the impact of the mountain pine beetle epidemic on the Interior forestry industry by nearly 75 per cent, Thursday.

Bell was the keynote speaker at the Council of Forest Industries annual banquet in Prince George and singled out the pellet projects pilot at Houston Canfor as a critical component to economic recovery in the wake of the pine beetle.

Pellet production and other bioenergy products could extend the harvest life of a stand by gaining value from pine not usable for lumber, he added.