Pine beetle spurs infrastructure construction in British Columbia

The spread of the mountain pine beetle epidemic in B.C. and the decline of the forest industry is stimulating investment in the construction of infrastructure to support the expansion of the mining, energy and transportation industries.

A report released by the Central 1 Credit Union concludes the mountain pine beetle epidemic that spread through the B.C. Interior over the past decade will reduce the province’s available timber supply over the next 20 years.

In the long term, the epidemic will result in the loss of employment in the forest industry and change the distribution of the population.