Provincial outlook for forestry not so bleak

Chief Forester Jim Snetsinger has said the province's short and mid term timber supply outlook is not as dismal as predicted five years ago.

He said to Lakes District News that while the Lakes Timber Supply Area (Lakes TSA) has been hard hit by the mountain pine beetle epidemic, provincially things are shaping up to be better than originally predicted.

The predictions are based on annual province wide aerial monitoring. "Using a fixed wing aircraft, flights are made province wide for aerial mapping." Predictions are also about a year behind the destruction. Many trees are dead but are still green, not yet showing the signature red needles of mountain pine beetle destruction. Newly attacked lodge pole pine trees turn red about one year after infestation.