The BC government says it’s taking action to protect the province’s forestry industry with “Strong Past, Bright Future” – a multi-phased agenda to enhance and diversify the industry.
It contains 49 items, including develop innovative new wood and wood fibre products, forest enhancement and management programs and investments in the timber supply through reforestation.
The industry is facing a number of challenges at the moment, including rising costs for harvesting and transportation and an upcoming reduction in the allowable wood cut.
“The reality is we are facing lower annual allowable cuts in many parts of the province as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic,” says Minister of Forests Steve Thomson. “We’ve had the uplift – we’re now through that process and those adjustments have to be made to ensure that we have a sustainable level of harvest in the future.”
Minister of Jobs Shirley Bond says the province is taking action now to ease the transition to a “new landscape” for the industry. Read more >>