Wildfire Impact on Forestry Being Tackled says Prov. Minister
B.C.’s Minister of Forests Doug Donaldson following Federal-Provincial meeting
Prince George, B.C. – Minister of Forests for B.C. , Doug Donaldson says work has already started to assist sawmills recover from the devastating wildfires.
Of critical issue is supply. “We know that 53 million cubic meters of wood has burned” says Donaldson.
He made the comments following a meeting of Federal and Provincial Ministers and First Nations to discuss the wildfire disaster in B.C.
He says the first step is to work with those who have harvest licences, to access merchantable timber that may still be standing “Secondly, we are looking at salvage license, that means issuing license through our offices to access wood that wasn’t already under license and that’s happening right now, that wood is being accessed right now by mills. And thirdly, and this is a bit long term, is the replanting portion. We know that there’s going to be a high need for reforestation and that is being planned right now through my Ministry to ensure we do have a timber supply in the future.”
Forestry companies are already facing reduced annual allowable cuts in the wake of the aggressive harvest of mountain pine beetle killed trees. Donaldson says with another 53 million cubic meters burned, there is no question, the forestry industry will feel the impact of “that much timber being burned in the province.”