2012-06-20

Lali calls timber committee shortsighted and government posturing

MLA Harry Lali says a new special committee on timber supply needs to be expanded and made permanent if government is serious about a sustainable forestry plan.

The province's newly appointed Special Committee on Timber Supply conducted its first set of public consultations this week to gather public input on options for expanding the province's timber supply as North America's largest infestation of the mountain pine beetle continues to plunder British Columbia's largest industry.

The all-party committee suggests actions be taken to lessen the pine beetle's impact on the timber supply, including increasing harvesting areas, shifting to more area-based tenures, increasing intensive forest management, and changing timber flows.