Beetle impact overstated

Forests Minister Pat Bell begs to differ with the report from Central 1 Credit Union that projects more than 11,000 jobs will be lost by the time the pine-beetle infestation runs its course in British Columbia.

Bell says the credit union economists used data from 2005-06 for their calculations, which led to the conclusion that B.C. will have lost 68 per cent of its mature pine forests by the time the beetle kill subsides in 2024.

The minister says there have been a couple of updates that have changed estimates of how much timber supply is going to drop off due to the worst infestation ever recorded in B.C.