2009-10-04

Little beetle a big puzzle for Canadian lumber

Investors in Canada's forestry sector should pay attention to the speed skating competition at next year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver because it could help them with an insect problem.

Western Canada's mountain pine beetle infestation has left forestry firms with both the short-term problem of how to make money in a tough market from beetle-killed trees, and the long-term risk of a fiber shortage.

If the industry is lucky, the spectators at the 2010 Games will take their eyes off the athletes speeding around the skating oval and spend a few moments looking at the newly built facility's "wood wave" ceiling.