Forestry industry calls for more study of forest conditions

Professional foresters holding their annual convention in Victoria have added their voices to concerns raised by B.C.'s auditor general about the state of the province's forests.

The Association of B.C. Forest Professionals released their latest report on forest inventory, and concurred with Auditor General John Doyle's report last week that knowledge of forest conditions has fallen behind in an era of rapid change.

"In recent years, the mountain pine beetle epidemic, as well as several severe fire seasons, has had tremendous impact on the forests," said Sharon Glover, CEO of the foresters' association. "Yet due to cutbacks, the scale of the provincial inventory program has been reduced."