2012-10-09

Critics pan B.C.’s forestry action plan

Now that the damage of the mountain pine beetle epidemic is mostly done, the B.C. government is poised to launch a 10-year action plan to figure out precisely what is left of its ravaged forests and what needs to be done to replant them.

Eight months after the province’s Auditor-General blasted the government for weak management of its forestry resources, Forests Minister Steve Thomson has secured no new money to address the problem; in fact, his budget is slated to decline over the next three years. But at a news conference on Tuesday, he promised a new strategy early next year to improve the province’s timber supply.

“The inventory work needs to be done now that the pine beetle has run its course,” Mr. Thomson said.