2012-05-11

Salvage logging raises risk of big Fraser flood: expert

The Fraser River is at risk of much more frequent and devastating floods because of the rapid pace of logging in the B.C. Interior to salvage vast stands of beetle-killed timber, according to a UBC researcher.

Younes Alila, an associate professor of forest hydrology, says the provincial government must take a hard look at the downstream threat from the high rate of logging.

"The public needs to know how much they're at risk so they are prepared," he said. "People's lives are at stake. Economic disruption is at stake."