B.C. lumber production up

B.C.’s lumber production improved by a third in the first half of 2010, as mills reopened or added shifts mainly to meet new Asian demand.

The latest Statistics Canada figures reflect the B.C. industry’s slow recovery in recent months, but the 33 per cent increase from the same period last year is better than expected, Forests Minister Pat Bell says.

Perhaps the surest sign that the B.C. industry is on the mend is another trade complaint from the U.S. government.