2010-01-20

Government must act to renew forests

Few events offer as compelling an example of what climate change might mean for British Columbia as the mountain pine beetle infestation and its impact on our forests.

More than one billion dead pine trees are now spread across a swath of the province equal in size to England.

The outbreak has stunning implications for our economy and the environment. Yet judging from the planned sessions of the annual Truck Loggers Association conference in Victoria this week -- where both B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell and Forests Minister Pat Bell will speak -- the pine beetle catastrophe scarcely merits passing mention.