2010-07-21

Pine beetle will cost 11,000 jobs in B.C. communities: study

The ravages of the mountain pine beetle epidemic that peaked in 2005 will be felt for years, and forestry-dependent communities without a diverse economy will undergo a population drain, a new report states.

In its latest Economic Analysis of British Columbia newsletter, Central 1 Credit Union forecasts that over the next two decades, the forestry supported population in the B.C. Interior districts affected by the epidemic will decline by 28,700 people, and occupied housing will fall by 11,500 units.

By 2028, forestry jobs in harvesting, silviculture and processing will decline by 11,250 compared to the pre-infestation period, with a further loss of 9,500 indirect jobs.