2012-01-27

Former beetle boss to lead recovery at Burns Lake

Bob Clark, the top forester in charge of managing British Columbia’s mountain pine beetle infestation, has been recruited by the province to lead response efforts at Burns Lake after a sawmill explosion that killed two workers.

Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell made the announcement Friday in Burns Lake where he and local MLA John Rustad are meeting with community leaders.

Bell said Clark, who has left the forest service and is now a consultant, has the experience in working with inter-governmental issues to address the most pressing needs in Burns Lake: short-term employment for the workers who lost their jobs when the mill burned after the Jan. 20 explosion, and the long-term issue of finding enough fibre to justify majority owner Hampton Affiliates rebuilding the sawmill.