Timber supply review launched by B.C. government

British Columbia's dwindling timber supply will be evaluated by a special government committee, after a leaked report warned about thousands of job losses due to a declining amount of wood caused by the ravages of the pine beetle epidemic.

Forests Minister Steve Thomson says the committee will hold public meetings to look for new ways to expand timber supplies, including possible changes to harvest rates, forest tenures and land use policies.

"Time is of the essence and this is about finding options to increase the timber supply," he said.