2012-03-15

City should have been fire-guarded

The auditor general’s recent report stated that the forests of B.C. are in a deplorable condition because the Ministry of Forests has not been doing its job.

The pine beetle “epidemic” began 45 years ago. Beetle-killed trees were seen at Lignum’s Tatlayoko mill in the late ‘60s. Residents were told that these bugs “were part of the natural cycle.”

Now these beetles have swept through the province, into Alberta, and the U.S., virtually unstoppable. Origins of the MPB are uncertain, the accepted explanation being global warming. Regardless of origin, the attacked timber should have been burned. However, this was not done, and fire suppression crews controlled wildfires.