Douglas County may benefit from Canada's timber woes

What the predicted bust of Canadian lumber production means for Douglas County and U.S. timber markets is still unknown, but locals say it will have an impact.

A new study estimates that the mountain pine beetle infestation eating away at Canadian timber stands will force the shuttering of 16 major British Columbian sawmills and reduce Canadian lumber imports to the U.S. by 50 percent by 2018.

According to the article published last month in the Vancouver Sun newspaper, the authors of the industry report expect the shortage to cause U.S. prices to skyrocket.