The chief forester's office has launched the latest timber supply review for the Prince George Timber Supply Area, where the amount of logging allowed each year was increased significantly in response to the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
In 2002 annual allowable cut, known more commonly as the AAC, was increased by three million cubic metres. Another increase of 2.7 million cubic metres was added in 2004 to bring the current annual cut to 14.9 million.
The chief forester's office noted the beetle epidemic is still affecting the timber supply area, which includes the communities of Vanderhoof and Fort St. James.
However, recent research shows the epidemic has peaked in Prince George and Vanderhoof, while it is still increasing in Fort St. James.