2012-02-17

Province fails to protect, restore pine beetle-ravaged area: report

B.C. is ill-prepared to manage B.C’s beetle-ravaged forests as they slide into a long-term decline in both value and diversity, Auditor-General John Doyle said in a report released Thursday.

“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.

Reforestation is not keeping up with the growing inventory of land in need of restocking, he said.