British Columbia’s Forest Health Crisis: Charting a New Course

Speech to the Western Silvicultural Contractors Association
January 20, 2005
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In his speech to the Western Silvicultural Contractors Association in Prince George, Ben Parfitt shows that British Columbia must:

  • put the proper resources into researching the beetle attack that has overrun millions of hectares of the province's forestlands;
  • adequately fund the work required to figure out a comprehensive and effective response to the unfolding calamity;
  • collect the most basic information on what has been lost as a result of the ongoing attack; and
  • properly fund a reforestation plan that both helps to ensure that we address a looming timber supply gap, and adequately conserves Interior forests and grasslands in ways that help to create healthier pine-dominated landscapes in the years ahead.