2012-02-17

B.C.'s efforts not enough to halt forestry declines

B.C. auditor general John Doyle said in a report released Thursday that the province is ill-prepared to manage the province's beetle-ravaged forests, which are heading toward a long-term decline in both value and diversity.

"We are already facing the fact that the value of the forest is going to be diminished as we go forward and future generations are not going to have what we had," Doyle said in an interview on the report.

The report notes the provincial ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations is responsible for 22 million hectares of forestland with an estimated value of a quarter-trillion dollars, but it has no clear objectives on how to manage it.