2008-10-18

NCMA Supports Silviculture Pilot Project

The North Central Municipal Association is supporting a pilot project by the Western Silvicultural Contractors Association. The project will see immediate action in replanting areas devastated by the mountain pine beetle.

The pilot project proposes reforesting thousands of hectares of beetle-killed forests by first strategically harvesting the dead wood and sorting it into sawlogs, pulpwood, and biomass.

The wood would be auctioned at the roadside to support existing sawmills and kick start bio-energy opportunities. The revenues from the wood sales would pay for the ensuing landscape level restoration as well as provide valuable experience in finding practical ways to restore beetle plagued forests to health, harvest bio-mass, and reduce the growing wildfire threat.