2012-06-26

Province urged to deal with restocking pine beetle forests

One million hectares of BC's timber harvest area has been damaged by the pine beetle. Now, the government is being urged to make decisions about restocking those forests.

"The mountain pine beetle has come along and created this one-time situation," says Al Gorley, chair of the Forest Practices Board.

He thinks those affected regions will eventually regenerate but, "if we don't intervene, there will be an impact. In other words, the future timber supply will be delayed or there will be less timber on those areas if we don't intervene and restock."