Recently, we had the opportunity to tour the Interior to talk about the sorry state of British Columbia’s forest management and lack of regulation. We listened to the concerns of forest workers and residents in the heart of the mountain-pine-beetle zone.
While travelling to Prince George, Mackenzie, Quesnel and Williams Lake, we were shocked to see significant amounts of green wood on logging trucks and in the log yards of sawmills throughout the region. This clear evidence of the over-cutting of healthy forests under the pretence of salvaging beetle-killed forests is a very serious matter that demands immediate correction from the provincial government.
A recent forest practices board report says the B.C. government’s response to the unprecedented pine beetle epidemic was to increase the allowable annual cut in the beetle zone to unsustainable levels.