China a ready buyer for beetle-ravaged pine

Chinese demand for B.C. lumber is eating up as much of the economy-grade mountain pine beetle wood as the province’s sawmills can produce.

It’s going into everything from concrete forms to furniture, creating a new market for beetle-killed wood and leading the province to a record year in lumber exports to China.

By the end of July, B.C. had shipped more than 850 million board feet of lumber to China – enough lumber to keep three sawmills running year-round, surpassing the 12-month total for 2008. Most of that was made form beetle-killed timber.