2011-11-30

Pine beetle logging's negative impact

It's been a full decade since the B.C. government started increasing the annual allowable cut of lodgepole pine stands by an average 80 per cent — in some areas, much higher — in the battle against an infestation of pine beetles that was wiping out trees.

The province promised that salvage logging of Interior pine forests would respect "other forest values" — the environment — but is that what happened?

A lengthy investigation by The Vancouver Sun shows that large-scale salvage logging has had wide-ranging negative environmental impacts that extend well beyond the death of pine trees due to beetle attack.