Clear-cuts flout forest salvage efforts: report

A stampede to harvest pine beetle-killed lumber in interior British Columbia has resulted in gaping clear-cuts that flout recommendations made at the beginning of the salvage effort in 2004, says a new report from the B.C. Forest Practices Board.

And those openings, some of which are visible in satellite images, will result in increased risks of flooding, reduced wildlife habitat and loss of biodiversity, says the head of the watchdog agency.

“It means that the risks that the chief forester was recommending we avoid, are now going to occur,” Forest Practices Board chairman Bruce Fraser said yesterday.