BC Interior lumber to peak in three to five years

The British Columbia (BC) Interior’s timber harvest and sawmill production is expected to undergo a long-awaited downsizing as the effects of the mountain pine beetle (MPB) infestation take their toll on the timber supply.

The epidemic is responsible for one of the largest natural environmental catastrophes ever seen, and could eventually kill up to one billion m3 of standing lodgepole pine timber in the BC Interior.

For perspective, the total volume of killed pine trees in the province by 2022 would produce enough lumber to build 40 years’ supply of single-family houses in the US (at today’s low rate), or 175 years’ worth of single-family houses in Canada.